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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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The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment will roll out its public COVID-19 Vaccination Program on Monday, 1st March 2021. Four (4) vaccination sites will open at 10:00 am on Monday to the general public with priority to persons 65 years and older and persons who have already registered to receive the vaccine. Based on the COVID-19 mortality rate of older persons, the elderly has been prioritized for vaccination.

The four vaccination sites to open on Monday are located at the Villa Polyclinic, the Glanville Polyclinic, the Multipurpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre, and the Sir Novelle Richards Academy. Beginning on Tuesday COVID-19 vaccination sites will open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily at all four sites. Individuals are required to present their identification cards at the vaccination site.The Health of Minister, Honourable Sir Molwyn Joseph led a team of Senior Technicians within the Ministry on a series of vaccination site visits over the weekend to ensure readiness for Monday’s vaccination roll out. The team included the Chief Medical Officer – Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, Principal Nursing Officer – Margaret Smith, Acting Superintendent of Public Health Nursing – Almarie Coates.

The visits were held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – February 26-28. Meanwhile, arrangements have been made for a mobile unit to vaccinate the shut in and those who are physically unable to visit any of the vaccination sites. Special arrangements have been made for the staff of all government departments and statutory organizations to receive their COVID-19 vaccination on the job site.

Statutory organizations include but is not limited to, institutions, such as the Antigua Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), Antigua Barbuda Port Authority, the Antigua Barbuda Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS), Social Security, State Insurance, Board of Education, National Solid Waste Authority, Financial Services Regulatory Commission, PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda LTD, LIAT, West indies Oil Company, and the Antigua Barbuda Development Bank. A schedule will follow shortly in connection with these organizations. On-site Government Ministries’ vaccination will commence from Tuesday,2nd March, 2021 onwards. Special provisions have also been made for the vaccination of teachers through the Ministry of Education. Additionally, vaccination of frontline workers continues. They include healthcare workers, members of the Antigua Barbuda Defense Force, The Antigua Barbuda Royal Police Force, Immigration officers, and nursing homes.

Persons receiving the COVID-19 vaccination will be monitored on-site for 15 minutes however, persons who experience any adverse effects at home are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline at 462-6843 for assistance.Sir Molwyn is urging residents to exercise patience during the public vaccination process while at the same time maintaining physical distancing protocols so that their health will not be compromised owing to breaches of the COVID-19 protocols. He is further encouraging residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the three available methods – community clinics, online or via the telephone.

For online registration visit www.vaccineantiguabarbuda.com and select the “Vaccine Registration” tab. Upon clicking the tab, you will be required to fill out your general information and when completed, click “submit”. Your registration is then completed. Registration hotline numbers are 788-8299, 736-8295, 736-8298, 736-8299. Pre-registration is vital for efficiency in the vaccination process. The 40,000 AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive on the island, early tomorrow, Monday, 1st March 2021.