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 […]

VACCINE PRESSURE: Some employers mandating increased testing for unvaccinated employees, says Pinder

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Director of Labour John Pinder said yesterday that the department has continued to receive complaints from employees on New Providence, Andros and other islands about employers increasing the COVID-19 testing schedule for employees who have not opted to vaccinate. The director suggested it is a move that reportedly incentivizes associates to take […]

MORE MAKE THEIR CHOICE: Health minister notes “major uptick” in residents opting to take COVID vaccine

Wells says govt aiming to get Bahamas in a position where pandemic restrictions are no longer necessary NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There has been a major uptick in registration for vaccinations over the past few days, said Minister of Health Renward Wells yesterday. Wells was responding to questions from reporters on the sidelines of the recommissioning […]

COVID vaccines rolled out on Eleuthera; further expansion set for next week

Teachers, persons with disabilities and hospitality workers become eligible for vaccination on April 7 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the government expands its vaccination programme, doses of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have begun to be administered on Eleuthera. Vaccinations will continue on the island through Thursday beginning with healthcare workers, residents over 60 and staff of […]

LIGHT ON THE HORIZON?: Health minister says herd immunity could occur by summer

Wells concerned about vaccine hoarding among other countries NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Renward Wells suggested yesterday that The Bahamas could reach herd immunity with COVID-19 once the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and supplies hold. Herd immunity thresholds for the virus stand between 70 and 80 percent, though these remain estimates. Outside the Churchill […]

Vaccinations begin on Grand Bahama

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — Grand Bahama Health Services officially rolled out the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Program Sunday, inoculating 50 people at the launch event. The national initiative was launched in partnership with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), which donated the use of the Susan J Wallace Community Centre, and PharmaChem Technologies G B Ltd […]

BOOKED AND BUSY: Vaccine committee notes vaccination registration increasing daily

1,500 people received first jab to date  Govt to start publishing vaccination dashboard on Wednesday NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Registration for coronavirus vaccinations are starting to spike, with more than 1,500 people receiving their first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to date, according to the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee. Committee Co-Chair Ed Fields told […]

INDOOR PRIVILEGE: “Possibility” for vaccinated individuals to be allowed to dine indoors after first jab, PM hints

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Saturday said he is in discussions with health officials to determine whether or not restaurant patrons may dine indoors two weeks after receiving their first vaccination shot. Minnis made the announcement during a walkabout in the Garden Hills constituency on Saturday with Free National Movement (FNM) […]

INJECTIONS CONTINUE: Sandilands rolls out COVID vaccinations for staff

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) began its rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, making the vaccine available for employees of the institution and the Community Counselling and Assessment Centre (CCAC). This follows the rollout of vaccinations at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) last Wednesday and Doctor’s Hospital announcing it will also join vaccination […]

VACCINE HESITANCY PERSISTS: PSA head says many officers “reluctant” to get vaccinated

Miller: No one officer has come forward to say “listen, we’re going to take this vaccine” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While insisting the Police Staff Association (PSA) will not influence officers either way when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19 as it is a “personal choice”, PSA Executive Chairman Sonny Miller said the majority of its […]