New vaccination appointments suspended for the rest of the week – Eye Witness News
Vaccines committee says second dose bookings for next week will open ‘hopefully’ in a few days
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Citizens and residents of the Bahamas eligible to receive their second dose of the vaccine but have not yet made an appointment to be fully immunized will not be able to do so until next week.
According to National COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee co-chair Ed Fields, there are currently no new immunization appointments available for the remainder of the week, but he expects more appointments to be made. are available to you for next week for New Providence and Grand Bahama.
He said he expects those dates can be scheduled from today or Wednesday via vax.gov.bs.
The move was prompted by available vaccine supplies, although the Bahamas is expected to receive its remaining balance of 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX facility before completion. of the month.
“The slots for this week are reserved,” Fields said in response to questions from Eyewitness News.
“I hope that in a few days some slots will be available for next week.”
He maintained that the only places where slots would become open will remain Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road in New Providence and the Susan J Wallace Center in Grand Bahama.
He continued, “We are working hard to secure the supply.
“As soon as we know for sure, we will notify the public.”
The Bahamas are also expected to receive more than 57,000 doses of Pfizer through the COVAX facility.
He had received doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine exclusively via COVAX since the vaccine rollout began earlier this year.
The United States is also expected to donate a slice of AstraZeneca doses from its surplus, although the quantity and dates have not yet been announced.
Last Thursday, the committee said vaccines will be limited to second doses by appointment only for those who are eligible, but it was reported yesterday that some of those people were unable to make an appointment.
As of Saturday, 99,755 doses of vaccine had been administered in the Bahamas, 60,389 people having received a first dose of vaccine and 39,366 fully vaccinated.
The chair of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee, Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis, said Eyewitness News yesterday, the committee is backing the mix of COVID-19 vaccines, but it will only do so if the need arises.
Eyewitness News reported last week that the Bahamas may join with other countries in mixing doses of British vaccines AstraZeneca and Pfizer from the United States, which have been shown to provide an even greater immune response to the virus.