Bahamas expects arrival of 12,000 gallons of liquid oxygen

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, during his address on 22 August 2021, noted that so far, 129,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Bahamas, while 55,291 Bahamians are fully vaccinated.

Bahamas: Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, during his address on 22 August 2021, noted that so far, 129,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Bahamas, while 55,291 Bahamians are fully vaccinated.

The Prime Minister noted that these fully vaccinated individual includes those who have been fully vaccinated abroad and registered themselves on – vax.gov.bs.

“On Grand Bahama, the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer, will be ramped up this week, which will include the opening of an additional centre, weekend hours & additional vaccination opportunities in communities in the eastern and western areas of Grand Bahama,” the Prime Minister added. Vaccination teams from New Providence are also being sent to Grand Bahama to support local health teams there.

The Bahamas government will partner with private health care providers to maximize the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, the Prime Minister added.

“The government has secured the necessary oxygen supply. Next week and each week after that, 12,000 gallons of liquid oxygen are expected to arrive in-country, providing the supply needed,” he added.

As per the statistics shared by PM Minnis, about 11,496 doses of the vaccine were administered from Monday 16 August to Saturday 21 August, where the majority were of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Around 38,400 doses of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine were delivered last Thursday to the Bahamas. The prime minister noted that the vaccine would be initially used in the phase of vaccinations in the Family Islands & to the homebound residents.

Following the statement, he added that “More information will be released about the administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at a later date.” PM Minnis cited that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses have already been sent to San Salvador.

The COVID-19 vaccination teams will return to the Family Islands starting with mainland Abaco on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week and the coming week, vaccination teams are expected to return to Exuma and Eleuthera.

PM Minnis further informed that second doses of the AstraZeneca would be administered on the Family Islands, while the Pfizer vaccine would also be made available to residents aged 12 and over, and a single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine would also be administered.

The complete schedule of vaccinations for the Family Islands will be released in the coming days.