Barbados: Minister of Education – Santia Bradshaw announced Wednesday has stated that children as young as 12 would be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from this weekend.
Bradshaw added, “Having met with the public health officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and several parent and teacher associations as well as the umbrella body, – the National Council for Parent-Teacher Associations. I want to announce that Barbados is all set to commence the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine to all the children, of ages 12 to 18 years.”
Till now, Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for use in children. After the island country received a shipment of Pfizer 70 000 doses donated by the United States government on August 13, 2021, both the Education Minister =Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated that there would be consultations prior any decision was taken to immunize children.
Bradshaw also noted that the medical practitioners have agreed that the COVID-19 vaccine would add another layer to the protection of the population of Barbados from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Bradshaw further noted that some of Barbados leading paediatricians have already shown their full support for administering the vaccine to teens and pre-teens, with priority being given to the children with chronic diseases, especially those with special needs.
The Pfizer vaccine would be available to students 12 to 18 years at seven sites which are –
- Harrison College,
- Princess Margaret,
- St Leonards Secondary,
- Parkinson Secondary,
- the Christ Church Foundation School,
- the Seventh Day Adventist Church in St Peter
- and the Sharon Moravian Church Hall in Jackson,
- St Michael.
Each centre would be open from 9 am to 4 pm, and the registration would begin on their arrival. Bradshaw stated that in the following weeks, the Ministry would be providing and starting additional centres in phases in an effort to reach every eligible child
The Education Minister stated, “As the only COVID-19 vaccine so far approved by the US – CDC- Centres for Disease Control, the Pfizer vaccine would no doubt provide us with the opportunity to protect our students between the age group of 12 to 18 years from returning to face-to-face classes in the coming months.”
Minister Bradshaw again has urged the citizens to continue their fight against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them.