COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in full force: PM Gaston Browne

he COVID-19 vaccine rollout has continued in full force as fifty-five (55) frontliners in Barbuda received their first dose of the AstraZeneca Vaccine today, Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Antigua and Barbuda: The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has continued in full force as fifty-five (55) frontliners in Barbuda received their first dose of the AstraZeneca Vaccine in Antigua & Barbuda on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.

These 55 newly vaccinated persons included nurses, firefighters, police officers, health workers, red cross, and council members, including Member of Parliament, the Hon. Trevor Walker, teachers, and persons with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s).

According to Nurse Jenita Cuffy, who aided in the vaccination today, “The process went incident-free. Persons who came were excited to be vaccinated. Then others now learning about it are calling to find out if they can get theirs.”

Lafratus Desouza, in Barbuda, was trained in the software which is being used to register persons receiving the vaccine. Two laptops were donated to ensure the process of registration was completed.

Nurse Cuffy indicated that vaccination in Barbuda is expected to continue according to the scheduling by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment.

“We say thanks for the support we had from the Barbuda Council, Ministry of Health, Wellness and The Environment, and the IT department and Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.” Nurse Cuffy said.

Online Preregistration, for all Antiguans and Barbudans, is also expected to launch tomorrow.

The COVID-19 Education Committee would like to remind everyone that, Each Vaccinated. All Protected.

Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda is a worthwhile endeavor his efforts to makes people secure & Island has very few cases of coronavirus.

He is continuously appealing to people for vaccination; COVID-19 can affect anyone. “Our elderly and persons suffering from NCD’s are especially vulnerable. Get the Facts. Get the Vax. Each Vaccinated. All Protected.” PM Browne said. 

The country has witnessed a total of 634 cases of coronavirus to the date from which 233 people get recovered, and 14 people lost their life from deadly COVID-19. 

Dr. Belle Jarvis, Head of the MSJMC Paediatric Department and Member of the National Technical Working Group, facilitated an educational session at The Government House today. This education session on the topic of vaccinations catered to the Governor-General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Rodney Williams, and his staff.

The lecture took on a blended format to facilitate a socially distanced limited audience in person while other attendees joined the session via zoom. This session addressed vaccination programs locally and globally, the new covid 19 vaccine, and its varied types. Also discussed were the types approved for use in Antigua and also the issue of efficacy rates for the various types of vaccine. Dr. Belle Jarvis was able to address and also debunk some of the vaccination myths.

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