SHOT IN THE ARM: Bahamas gets vaccine supply boost with donation from Caribbean neighbors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas yesterday received 3,496 doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine as the result of a donation from the British Overseas Territories of Montserrat and Anguilla, with the assistance of United Kingdom High Commissioner Sarah Dickson. “The vaccines are a welcome addition to our current vaccine supplies and will be used to […]

CONTRARY TO BELIEF: PAHO rep maintains pandemic is not over for anyone, not even vaccinated

“The pandemic is not over for anybody until the pandemic is over for everybody” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The pandemic has not ended for fully vaccinated individuals, according to Pan America Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Dr Eldonna Boisson. When asked whether fully vaccinated individuals should no […]

UP TO THEM: Whether private schools mandate vaccinations is between institutions and parents, says Lloyd

Lloyd maintains govt not making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday that any private school that may seek to make vaccinations mandatory for students must make that arrangement with parents and students. Lloyd was speaking to reporters outside Cabinet on the matter and insisted that his ministry continues […]

Bahamas COVID vaccination efforts continue as nearly 96K people get the jab

Vaccine distribution to temporarily pause from July 8-14 for Independence Holiday National vaccine committee “encouraged” by vaccine uptake on Family Islands NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As of July 2, 2021, 95,992, doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in The Bahamas, according to a statement from the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee. The statement noted […]

Bahamas’ tranche of US-donated Pfizer vaccines “imminent”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie said yesterday that the United States’ donation of approximately five million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), from which The Bahamas will receive a tranche of doses, is “imminent”. The ambassador was unable to confirm the exact number of doses […]

Ministry of Health assisted by United States in deploying second set of COVID-19 vaccines to Family Islands

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In keeping with its goal to ensure all Bahamians are vaccinated, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the United States government, transported a second tranche of COVID-19 vaccine to the Family Islands on Monday, June 21, 2021. The vaccines were transported by the Rhode Island National Guard (RING), which has […]

PAHO director welcomes US plan to share first tranche of 25 million COVID vaccine doses

Approx 6 million doses to be distributed for South and Central America and Caribbean WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne yesterday thanked the United States Government for its commitment to a COVID-19 vaccine dose-sharing plan through COVAX. “The actions announced today (yesterday) by the White House are a good […]

Latin America and Caribbean should expand vaccine production, PAHO suggests

Dr Etienne: Low regional percentage of vaccinated a “symptom” of overdependence on imports Bahamas, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago saw COVID deaths double in the last week WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne yesterday called for closing “glaring gaps” in access to COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America and the […]

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 […]