-Following a reassessment via the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Bahamas is expected to be moved to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice from the more serious Level 4.
-NIB’s Unemployment Insurance Allowance to be extended again through February to provide necessary financial support to families still suffering from the economic dislocation caused by the pandemic.
-To ensure all Bahamians and residents that choose to take the COVID-19 vaccine can be vaccinated safely and quickly, extensive plans are underway to ensure a safe and effective roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Bahamas.
-Vaccines approved for use in The Bahamas have met the strict and rigorous standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).
-The vaccine will not be mandatory and available free of charge for adults who choose to take it. So far, approved vaccines will only be administered to adults.
-The Bahamas has presumptively secured enough doses to vaccinate 20 percent of the population once available through the COVAX Facility assisted by WHO and PAHO.
-Additional approved vaccines may also be accessible through the African Medical Supplies Platform (ASMP) via CARICOM and through direct contact with approved vaccine providers.
-Which vaccines will be used and exactly when they will arrive in-country is still being worked out.
-Working arrangements for public officers are under review for the orderly and safe return to the workplace as early as Monday 1 February 2021. Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department would communicate with employees.
” I think it’s time to consider changing the tests for entering the Bahamas. You should be able to take the Rapid Antigen test (20-minute result) rather than the CPR test with results in 2-3 days.” Debra, a resident of the Bahamas, said.