EXPOSED TO COVID? SHORTER ISOLATION ADVISED: CDC updates recommendations for quarantine

Individuals with booster shots do not need to quarantine following an exposure but wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened its recommended isolation and quarantine period for the general population.  [pullquote] The change is motivated by science demonstrating that […]

TOP-UP OF ASTRAZENECA: Bahamas gets 48K more vaccine doses thanks to PAHO/WHO, Canada and Colombia

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas received 48,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through a collaboration between the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the governments of Canada and Colombia to increase vaccine access among for vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The vaccines, facilitated through the PAHO Revolving Fund, arrived at […]

LET MY VOTERS GO: PLP threatens legal action over quarantined and COVID-positive voters

Gomez: Confirm within 36 hours you will not prevent any registered voter who is quarantined or COVID-positive from voting or face litigation  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on Monday threatened legal action against the government should registered voters in quarantine or isolation not be allowed to vote. In a letter addressed to […]

STRONGER TOGETHER?: Independents, third parties forming coalition to challenge general election

DNA, COI going it alone NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several independents and third parties are reportedly finalizing details for a new coalition to increase their chances at the polls come September 16. Eyewitness News understands that former FNM MPs were courted alongside established third parties like the Bahamas Constitution Party, and the Bahamas Democratic Movement. The […]

VACCINE ROLLOUT RAMP-UP: PM says time to think and research is over, get vaccinated

129,017 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered to date NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the government seeks to ramp up its vaccination efforts in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis advised yesterday that more than 11,496 doses of vaccines were administered last week.  During a national address last night, the prime minister said the increase […]

MATERNITY CHALLENGES: More than 100 pregnant women infected with COVID-19 since start of pandemic

Six maternal deaths since March 2020 All delivery mothers on maternity ward confirmed COVID-positive NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As he underscored the challenges of pregnant women throughout the COVID-10 pandemic, former Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said nearly 100 pregnant women contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic. While appearing as a guest on The Hitback with Nahaja […]

VACCINATION PROGRESS: More than 8,600 fully vaccinated individuals in The Bahamas; over 46,000 awaiting second dose

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — According to the Ministry of Health’s vaccine tracker released yesterday, there have been 55,037 doses of vaccines administered in The Bahamas to date, with 8,659 people being fully vaccinated with two doses. Some 46,378 people have received one dose of the vaccine and are still awaiting the second dose required to become […]

“ANY DAY NOW”: Bahamas will continue to issue first and second doses while awaiting vaccine balance arrival

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Co-Chair Ed Fields said yesterday The Bahamas is expected to receive the balance of its vaccine doses, approximately 66,000, from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility “any day now”. He said the committee will continue to issue first doses to eligible individuals as well as second […]

PM receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Fully vaccinated individuals not required to submit RT-PCR test when traveling within Bahamas  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he was elated to receive the second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine yesterday afternoon, telling the media he was glad it was “all over”. “Of course, I didn’t feel anything, but […]

UP FOR GRABS: US seeking to donate 60M vaccines; Bahamas could be among recipients

Biden administration expected to announce beneficiaries soon Wells hopeful Bahamas will be among recipients whether by donation or purchase NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the Biden administration is still working on plans to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) giving its approval, Daniel Durazo, the public affairs officer at […]

RECONSIDER: CPSA urges govt to rethink easing travel restrictions; recommends continued testing after May 1

Pinder-Butler says govt must find balance between healthcare and economy CPSA: Healthcare workers exposed on the frontlines yet “continue to be excluded from meaningful engagement with policymakers” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) is recommending that testing remain a requirement for travel beyond May 1, due to the widespread transmission of COVID-19 […]