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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
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Antigua and Barbuda’s Vaccination Statistics
Antigua and Barbuda has taken a giant step in the fight against COVID-19, with the rollout of its AstraZeneca vaccine campaign.
During the period of Wednesday, February 17th and Sunday, February 21, 2021, three hundred and eighty-three (383) persons received their first dose of the vaccine.
 The newly vaccinated included the country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, other healthcare workers and hospital administrative staff. 
On Thursday, February 18, the campaign continued when members of Cabinet rolled up their sleeves and took the jab before live television and social media audiences. 
On Saturday, February 20, representatives of both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament availed themselves to be inoculated. They were joined by Antiguan and Barbudan Cricketing legends, including Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson.
The second dose of the vaccine will be administered in 12 weeks.
In accordance with the list of priority, members of the armed forces are next in line to be vaccinated. 
A registration site for the general public is expected to be announced shortly.
Another shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive on island by February 28, as part of the COVAX arrangement.       Here is our goal and where we are!
#EachVaccinated  #AllProtected #GetTheFacts #GetTheVax