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More Vaccination Sites Planned

A bottle of the AstraZeneca vaccine is displayed in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A bottle of the AstraZeneca vaccine is displayed in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

WITH COVID-19 vaccinations set to resume in New Providence and Grand Bahama today, officials are also hoping to open up additional vaccination sites to accelerate the process.

Vaccination sites identified in New Providence include Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road, Church of God of Prophecy on East Street and in Grand Bahama, the Susan J Wallace Community Centre.

In a statement released on Sunday, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee reminded that only those in the first priority group, including health care workers, people age 60 and over at those in the uniformed branches etc, will be eligible to receive their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the aforementioned centres.

Yesterday, Health Minister Renward Wells revealed the ministry’s plans to open up additional sites to get more people vaccinated.

“The good news is we have additional vaccines and we want people to take it and I say that not because persons are not taking it because Bahamians are going online, they’re calling me, they’re upset that some of them don’t have an appointment in May,” he told reporters before going into a Cabinet meeting.

“So, we’re looking at how we can open up additional sites to make sure that everyone is able to get in to get that vaccine so that we’re able to combat the potential further increases…and given what we are currently seeing in our numbers to ensure that we’re able to get a handle on what’s going on.”

Mr Wells said he believes that some 10,000 people in the country have already received their first dose of the vaccine since the campaign was launched.

Last week, Eleuthera became the first Family Island to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca doses since the country received the shots in March.

The nation’s vaccination programme will expand to several more islands in the days ahead, specifically Abaco and Bimini which are expected to begin vaccinations sometime this week.

Yesterday, the minister could not give a definitive date as to when vaccinations will begin on those respective islands.

“I don’t want to give a date that’s not correct but all of our intentions was to start this week with Bimini and Abaco and there may be others who might be added to the mix in our fight to stay ahead of the increase in cases because we are ahead,” he said.

Asked whether the ministry has received any reports about negative side effects of the vaccine, the health minister replied: “None to date. Not that I know of... I have not seen any evidence to suggest such.”

Comments

carltonr61 3 months, 3 weeks ago

So the whole world even though we call Haitians dumb stop or refuse this AZ Vax. I guess Bahamians extra extra extra stupid wiseand dumb.

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carltonr61 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Covid has morphed like a larvae to butterfly from saving lives to creating Covid tech App millionaires and 400,000 poor Bahamians. DNA save us from PLP silence. Mr 10% or half, must be still alive.

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carltonr61 3 months, 3 weeks ago

PLP ain't saying nothing or asking questions about who benefitting from $60.00 traveling insurance for our 4million tourist industry and everyday Bahamian travel. DNA smells a rat. These jokers gat to go.

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John 3 months, 3 weeks ago

CDC now cautions ‘AstraGenica vaccine should not be given to persons under 30 years older

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ohdrap4 3 months, 3 weeks ago

They have to unload vaccines now with a more restricted pool of people.

No one will attribute a bloodclot to the vaccine on 87 year old gramma.

They mussy ask the statistician to determine a cut off age.

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JokeyJack 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Nobody finds it strange that in USA and here we need special vaccination sites? We need special people qualified as "vaccinators"???? So like your doctor and nurse who gave all the school children vaccines for many many many years. Now suddenly they dont know how to do needle? Yet, they want you to think this is an "ordinary" vaccine.

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