Remember To Walk With Your Vaccine Card

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment announces that two additional public vaccination centers will open on Monday through to Wednesday this week (Monday 31st May to Wednesday 2nd June) offering the 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. These vaccination centers are located at the St. Mary’s Hall commonly known as the Tyrells Roman Catholic Church Hall on the All-Saints Road and the Jennings Primary School Auditorium. The four (4) public vaccination centers located at the Glanvilles Polyclinic, the Villa Polyclinic, the Precision Center, and the Multipurpose Cultural; and Exhibition Center will remain open taking the number of operating vaccination centers to six (6). The operating hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Persons receiving their second dose are reminded to present their vaccine card on arrival at the centers.

Persons who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jennings Primary School could return to the school’s auditorium and those who received theirs at the All-Saints Secondary School could go to the St. Mary’s Hall commonly known as the Tyrells Roman Catholic Church Hall or their preferred site. Persons desiring the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are welcome to also utilize the new centers or any vaccination site convenient to them.

This week vaccination teams will also be visiting the Medical Benefits Scheme and the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority to inoculate their staff. The second dose inoculation of teachers and staff of the Ministry of Education will continue this upcoming weekend, June 5th and 6th.To date, several target groups have received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to include uniformed bodies, teachers, Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority, Antigua Public Utilities Authority, Social Security, Inland Revenue, and the Financial Services Regulatory Commission.

As of Sunday, 30th May a total, 33,229 persons have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 15,531 have received the second dose.

The Ministry of Health is encouraging persons to avail themselves of both the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ministry of Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Data Collection Exercise

The Ministry of Health, Wellness & The Environment has intensified its data collection exercise from persons who would have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca).  The Ministry is aware of the likelihood that persons having received the vaccine may experience some side effects, which are a part of any vaccine administration. 

The Ministry is therefore advising the public that a group of individuals has been tasked with contacting persons who have been vaccinated via telephone to collect this information.  It is important to note that data collection post vaccination has been an ongoing exercise with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) through which the Ministry of Health and by extension the government procures all vaccines used in the Expanded Program on Immunization.

The data collected will be analysed by the Ministry of Health and shared with the public.  The findings from the analysed data will also be periodically shared with regional and international public health partners including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization PAHO/WHO .

If you had any concerning vaccination symptoms following your COVID-19 vaccine, speak with your physician or call the COVID-19 hotline at 462-6843 weekdays only, to report your reaction and to seek guidance.

COVID-19 Second Dose Officially Commences with Front Line Workers

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment is pleased to announce the official rollout of the second dose administration of the COVID-19 vaccination for the public. 

Leading the charge will be the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealy-Thomas, along with Principle Nursing Officer, Sister Margaret Smith, Medical Director of the Mount St. John’s Medical Center (MSJMC), Dr. Albert Duncan, and healthcare workers at the MSJMC, in live coverage of their vaccination process on Wednesday 12th May 2021 from 10 AM. 

Subsequent to administering the second dose to healthcare workers, Members of the Cabinet will receive their second dose on Thursday 13th May 2021 at the Office of the Prime Minister, Queen Elizabeth Highway. Retired parliamentarians will also receive their second dose at Parliament Building on Saturday, 15th May 2021. 

Health officials are reminding members of the public that it is important to obtain the second dose to increase the efficacy of the vaccine and boost protection against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine prevents serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

The general public is asked to pay attention to dates given within their vaccination card for their second dose. They are invited to return to the centers where they received their first dose. For persons who received their first dose at the Sir Novelle Richards Academy, they can receive their second dose at the Precision Center, Paynters. The other vaccination sites are located at the Multipurpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre, the Glanvilles Polyclinic, and the Villa Polyclinic. 

First dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will still be administered at all vaccination centers.

A subsequent announcement will be made for the second dose schedule for uniformed bodies and targeted groups.