Vaccination to be expanded this week
The national vaccination exercise which took off last Wednesday is expected to intensify this week with more frontline workers and other key personnel slated to receive their jabs.
Already, hundreds of healthcare workers, Cabinet members, parliamentarians and top sports personalities have received their first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
These vaccines form part of the batch of 5-thousand which were donated to the Antigua and Barbuda government from its Dominica counterpart.
On Saturday, it was the turn of parliamentarians and sports personalities including Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson. The exercise continued on Sunday with members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force receiving their jabs.
Health authorities say this week the exercise continues with frontline workers in the health fraternity as well as the police force, customs division and immigration department.
The government has decided to administer all 5-thousand doses to individuals as a first shot with the second jab slated for when the country receives the shipment of 40-thousand doses from India, now expected to arrive perhaps as early as the end of the week.
Last week, Health Minister, Sir Molwyn Josher has set a target of two months to have the entire population, at least those who want to be vaccinated, to have access to the vaccine.
Along with the 40-thousand from India, the country will receive additional 40-thousand doses through the COVAX facility being administered by the World Health Organisation. In addition, the government has placed an order for 100-thousand doses in order to have adequate amounts to completely inoculate the population.