NIPPING IT IN THE BUD: No virus outbreak on Abaco but PM says “strict protocols” still needed

Minnis: We will be even more aggressive in trying to get vaccines ASAP NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Individuals traveling between Abaco mainland and its surrounding cays will not be required to undergo an RT-PCR test or obtain a travel health visa, according to the latest amendment to the emergency order. The Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic)(Risk […]

PAHO: Bahamas positioned to make “best decision” with vaccine distribution

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa indicated yesterday The Bahamas can make the “best decision” with distribution of its first tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines. His comments came as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility advises countries on the timeframe in receiving their first, second and third allocations […]

ARE WE THE GUINEA PIGS?: Nurses union says COVID-19 vaccination is a “personal choice” 

Williams acknowledges hesitancy among healthcare workers could impact vaccine program NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams yesterday encouraged nurses in The Bahamas to make their own determination on taking the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, noting that while the science speaks to its efficacy, the long-term impacts remain largely unknown. Williams’ sentiments were […]

LIFE OR DEATH: PM urges Bahamians to take vaccine

Minnis: Vaccines are critical to ending the pandemic, tourism rebound NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis today urged all eligible Bahamians to reject viral social media misinformation and accept the COVID-19 vaccine as the country moves closer to the launch of its national distribution campaign. In a live national address, Minnis underscored the […]

McMillan says “one or two” COVID cases reinfected, but other health experts beg to differ

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Chief Medical Officer Dr Pearl McMillan revealed yesterday that there have been several instances of coronavirus cases recovering and becoming reinfected from the virus, though her claim was not widely supported by other healthcare professionals. “We would have had reports of reinfections — well, persons who would have been infected previously being […]

CORRECT DECISION: Forbes says vaccine use among 65-plus will reduce hospitalizations and deaths

European minister critical of AstraZeneca use for those over 65 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Amid criticisms from some European countries on jurisdictions that use Oxford’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on individuals over 65, Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme Dr Nikkiah Forbes said The Bahamas’ decision to provide the vaccine to the elderly is the […]

Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers ought not be “taken lightly”, says Sands

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said the hesitancy expressed by healthcare workers and other organizations in The Bahamas toward taking the COVID-19 vaccine is “not to be taken lightly”, suggesting to Eyewitness News that the government needs to make more raw data available to these groupings and the public. Asked […]

SPECIAL VOTING: Storm victims “ought to be” allowed, says Henfield

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — North Abaco MP Darren Henfield said he believes Hurricane Dorian victims who were displaced should be allowed to choose to vote in the areas where they resided before the record storm “interrupted their lives”. “Of course a national disaster like Dorian displaced people, interrupted their lives, really interrupted our lives, and so, […]

WHO gives emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca vaccine; PAHO director says “be prepared” for distribution

WASHINGTON, DC — The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued emergency use listing (EUL) for two versions of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine — AstraZeneca-SKBio of Korea and the Serum Institute of India — a statement by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) confirmed today. The approval clears the way for coronavirus vaccine distribution to the […]

Vaccination will remain voluntary among military, says RBDF commodore

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Dr Raymond King said that following extensive consultation with the marines and senior members of the organization, the defense force will follow suit with the government and allow marines to choose whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives in-country. King had previously told Eyewitness […]