Twenty-four thousand doses of vaccine due tomorrow

The much-anticipated shipment of vaccines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) administrated COVAX facility is due to arrive at the V.C. Bird International airport tomorrow (Thursday).

Government sources say the shipment contains some twenty-four thousand doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, enough to give the second jab to those who have already received their first dose, thereby completing their inoculation; and enough to allow for an additional ten thousand residents to receive their first doses (or for five thousand to receive full inoculation.)

The sources say that the government will roll out another round of public vaccinations with specific groups being targeted. “This new round will seek to bring under the net those elderly persons in the society who we missed the last time around. It will also target teachers who will be engaged in face-to-face teaching beginning next Monday, restaurants workers, other vulnerable groups, as well as those who interact with medical patients,” the sources revealed.

Up to late Tuesday, the Ministry of Health, along with a list of volunteers, was busy engaged in planning for the second roll out of the vaccines.

Under the first tranche, over twenty-seven thousand people received their first dose of the vaccine. They are to receive the second dose shortly.

The arrival of these vaccines is said to coincide with the ministry’s timeline for the scheduled second dosage which is expected to commence in May. 

Minister of Heath, Sir Molwyn Joseph, previously announced that fourteen thousand doses will be used to replenish vaccines that were used in the initial vaccine drive. This, according to sources, will ensure that all twenty-seven thousand dosages are in place for second jabs. To date, twenty-seven thousand and thirty-two people have been vaccinated, according to the latest COVID-19 dashboard. 

An announcement has not officially been made for the reopening of public vaccination centers. However, the remaining ten thousand doses will most likely be used for general public vaccination.  

According to officials from the COVID-19 roll out team, representatives from the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Call Center have commenced a post-first-dose-survey in preparation for the second dose. Information will be verified and updated in the National Vaccine Registration Database. 

Pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine continues and is being heavily enforced. 

Pre-registration is said to be vital for efficiency in the next phase of the vaccination process.

Officials have also advised that the public keep their COVID-19 vaccination card safe in case it is needed for future use.

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