Monday 2nd July, 2018 –The vaccine that guards against the Human Papillomavirus is now available in Antigua.
The primary target group for the vaccine is boys and girls ages 9-13 years. The HPV vaccine is also recommended for young women and men up to 26 years of age.
The education and immunization campaign aimed at combating Cervical Cancer and other HPV related diseases was launched by Minister of Health and the Environment the Hon. Molwyn Joseph last month.
Principal Nursing Officer, Margaret Smith says the threat of cancer is real and she is encouraging citizens and residents to use the opportunity to be immunized against the disease.
The HPV Vaccine is not without its critics. Around the world, many people have and are against it, since they believe it does more harm than good. But Nurse Smith says vaccines have been proven to save lives, and Antiguans and Barbudans will be at less of a risk where HPV is concerned if preventative measures are taken.
Participation in the HPV vaccination programme is voluntary and is administered free of charge. The vaccine can be accessed at the following locations daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays – Thursdays and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays:
- Johnson’s Point Clinic
• Jennings Clinic
• Browne’s Avenue Health Centre
• Bishop Gate Clinic
• Grays Farm Health Centre
• Clare Hall Health Centre
• All Saints Health Centre
• Newfield Clinic
• St. John’s Health Centre
During the month of July, several other clinics will also administer the vaccine, namely in Parham, Willikies, Bethesda, and Bendals.
In Barbuda, the HPV vaccine will be administered on July 6 at the Pentecostal Church from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Other dates will be announced for Barbuda.