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Slow uptake on child vaccines

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville.

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville.

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Tribune Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville has admitted that paediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine “are moving a little slower than we expected” with only about 320 to 330 administered so far.

The Pfizer vaccines were started for children aged five to 11 on Thursday, July 28, days after 24,000 doses were delivered to the country from France through the COVAX facility.

“I spoke with one of the team members and the paediatric doses are moving a little slower than we expected,” Dr Darville told The Tribune in a recent interview.

“To date, we have administered somewhere between 320 to 330 doses as of today (Thursday).

“The paediatric doses are available at the Mall at Marathon, the Flamingo Gardens Clinic, the Fleming Street Clinic, the Elizabeth Estates Clinic, South Beach, Family Island clinics and at the Seventeen Centre in Freeport.”

The minister said a number of factors could have contributed to the slow uptake, despite schools opening on August 29.

“It could be a combination of things. One, it could be the fact that kids are moving back and forth, two, the incidents of COVID are very low in the country at this time and we know that when the incidents are low in the country people are less motivated to be vaccinated.

“Three - the issue of the Omicron variant seems to be less virulent and so a lot people are not in hospital sick from COVID and so all of these combined factors could be associated along with parents travelling could be associated with the slow uptake with the doses, but they are available.”

He said officials were working on a strategy to encourage parents and guardians to have their children vaccinated when asked whether there was a goal in mind for this age group.

“School is closed. A lot of our kids are travelling and we have a plan to distribute paediatric doses in the schools. We have not finalised how that will be rolled out as yet, but we are working very, very assiduously to come up with a strategy.

“We know for a fact that if we are going to administer the vaccines in school a guardian or the parent must accompany the child along with a written documentation.

“So, we’re working out the logistics on how to do it in the school but as we speak all vaccines, including the paediatric doses, are available. It’s available. The roll out has been relatively slow with somewhere between 320 to 330 doses.”

Last month, Dr Darville said despite a noted drop in vaccination rates over the last several months, preliminary data had suggested that vaccine uptake was increasing in the country.

“Preliminary reports from our vaccination committees indicated that we are seeing some increased uptake,” Dr Darville said at the time. “I’m pleased at what we are seeing at the Mall of Marathon. We’re putting together a new site in Grand Bahama.

“The site of the final location, I think, has been agreed to and very soon we will be able to start administering vaccines at that location as well. Meanwhile, at all of our polyclinics, including Grand Bahama, we are administering vaccines. We intend to do it for the paediatric vaccine as well.”

More than 170,000 people in The Bahamas have been fully vaccinated against the disease since the start of the government’s vaccination programme last March.

Comments

whogothere 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Well duh...more kids have died or been hospitalised by gun violence then COVID...yet a steady increase of myocarditis in young uns is seen by the world over..why risk it when you risk nothing by not taking it and if you do it's only good for about 3 months maybe...utter nonsense...everything covid needs be shelved and labelled 'embarrassing' and locked in a cellar somewhere...

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CoolCatBD 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I was told if was don't use ever single dose of this "free Kids vaccine", it will make it harder to get, more free vaccine! Is that a chance worth taking?

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tribanon 5 months, 2 weeks ago

"......we have a plan to distribute paediatric doses in the schools. We have not finalised how that will be rolled out as yet, but we are working very, very assiduously to come up with a strategy."

THESE INSANE WHO/PAHO 'OWNED' MONSTERS ARE PLANNING TO JAB YOUR YOUNG AND INNOCENT CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH THESE DANGEROUS EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES WHILE THEY ARE IN SCHOOL AND NO PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS AROUND.

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CoolCatBD 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Kids come home with a band-aid and a piece of paper. You say what up with the band-aid, they say, Kids that got the Jab, also got a Cold Cup! So you say, what up with the piece of paper, they say its the bill for the cold cup! " Please save these shots for adults who desperately want them."

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moncurcool 5 months, 2 weeks ago

So they have a plan to distribute does, bit still working to come up with a strategy to do it? Those two things are totally opposite each other. One don't belong. Either you have a plan or not.

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bcitizen 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Mandatory vaccination of children was struck down in court in the UK because the kids were going to miss just as many days of school from vaccine side effects as if they got covid. Also who is to know what the long term effects will be and for what benefit to kids (basically nothing)? Just like stupid cloth masks in clinical trials are worthless. Just let the nonsense go and follow the science.

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JokeyJack 5 months, 2 weeks ago

So only 320 parents in the Bahamas were stupid enough to inject their child with an experimental chemical???? No way. I thought Bahamians were much more stupid than that. I thought all would jook em.

But, seriously, wasn't there a report that over 90,000 Bahamian children have died from Covid? I cant remember the number - so how are there even any children left after more than 2 years of this thing? Wasnt there reports of hearses lining up at the schools just like taxis at the airport? Actually, why aren't we all dead?

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realfreethinker 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Does brain dead Darville don't realize parents ain't stupid enough to give their kids this garbage? It has nothing to do with children moving around but rather just smart parents

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tribanon 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The vast majority of parents and grandparents do not want their children and grandchildren to be forcibly jabbed in school while they are not there to protect their loved young ones.

All parents and grandparents must ask themselves: Why on earth are Monster Darville and his minions hell-bent on using our tax dollars, our hard-earned money paid to the government, to jab our young children and grandchildren at our public schools, against our wishes, with experimental vaccines that are known to be potentially very harmful to children with little or no health benefit for them whatsoever?

For monster Darville and his minions this can only be about a willingness to sacrifice our young ones for their insatiable appetite for power over others and their outright evil ka-ching, ka-ching profiteering. Bahamians should be insisting Monster Darville be made to resign as minister of health.

And make no mistake about it, Cruel Davis is just as culpable as Monster Darville for the sinister evil that is going on here.

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Sickened 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Enough about this f'ing vaccine. Throw the shit in the garbage and let's move on.

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CoolCatBD 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I want accountability and some apologies!?

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Without accountability, it will be too easy, for this to happen again!!! They can keep the apologies!

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carltonr61 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Fauci fears the hangman noose and is resigning as more investigations are pushing from below the soil where he buried them that the vaccine is poison. That the vaccine only lasts or mentained efficacy below five months you can only remain fully vaccinated while constantly on an IV drip then even that don't make sense as our GG, Fauci, POTUS, USArmed Forces Head Austin, are all vaccinated at least four times still swear by vaccination while in sporadic Covid isolation. Our regional PAHO voodoo queen apparently cannot read, as the CDC ordered that vaccinations cannot interfere with any child's education neither a sick child in a class room. WHO is still tied to the profit greedy computer man who stands to make further trillions by keeping his pandemic knee on our necks.

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ohdrap4 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I can only imagine the school bitties pressuring children to get vaccinated.

I wonder how many teachers in the private sector, especially e patriates, were coerced to be vaccinated.

Belinda Wilson threw many a tantrum for lack of PPE.

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carltonr61 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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In the U.S., infections are currently caused by the BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 variants of Omicron. In Europe, Omicron BA.2, BA.4 and BA.5 are the current “variants of concern.” BA.1 is on the list of “de-escalated variants,” meaning it’s of no concern either because it’s either not in circulation, or because it doesn’t cause severe illnessCoronaviruses mutate very rapidly, and when you vaccinate against a rapidly mutating virus, you encourage it to mutate even faster, and to develop immune-evading properties. This is what we’ve been witnessing since the beginning of the COVID jab campaign, and outdated, leaky bivalent boosters may worsen the situation further

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carltonr61 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The computer guy that financially sponsors WHO/PAHO and pays their salaries may have many political desicion makers in his infinitely deep pocket. From science, data, factual, medical, social and financial current world acceptance, covid with pandemic is globally over. From a political g7 globalist standpoint covid is not over for weak minion banker client states slave shackled to globalist dictatorial false agendas like the Bahamas. .

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DDK 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Why would this idiot doctor want to damage the children of our Country? Throw the stupid vaccines AND the masks off of Clifton Pier for the sharks! While you're at it, grab Fauci and any of his stupid supporters and throw them overboard too!

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John 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The CDC has some time ago distanced itself from the vaccinating of children. It says tge science does not support it and more than suggested that it was tge vaccine companies that was pushing this agenda. They admitted that their vaccinate policy was policy was flawed in the past and they should never have sought to vaccinate everyone , but only the most vulnerable. ‘Natural immunity is tge best immunity a person can have and once you tamper with it, the person is left compromised.’

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carltonr61 5 months, 2 weeks ago

That vaccinations have three times failed around the world why would they work here in The Bahamas?

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