“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 […]

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 […]

COVAX VACCINE TRANCHE SPLIT: Another 33,000 doses by end of May

Nearly 22,000 vaccine doses administered NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Chairperson Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis revealed yesterday that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility will deliver another 33,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of May. The government secured an allocation of 100,800 vaccine doses by making a […]

BACK IN ACTION: COVID-19 vaccinations resume on New Providence

National vaccine committee to hold press conference on rollout at 3pm tomorrow NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following a temporary pause over the weekend, COVID-19 vaccinations on New Providence are resuming this week with two additional centers, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announced yesterday. “Two new community COVID-19 vaccination sites have been added to service […]

PAHO: Vaccines alone will not stop the surge

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Noting that COVID-19 vaccines to the Americas have slowed, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne yesterday urged countries to employ a “comprehensive strategy” of more than vaccination, but also public health measures aimed at curbing the surging pandemic. The Bahamas is experiencing a third wave of the virus, according […]

BEST BEHAVIOR: PM cautions Easter activities and cases will guide future restrictions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that while health officials were not minded to recommend increased restrictions ahead of the Easter holiday period, despite an increase of cases on certain islands, an assessment will be made the following week to determine if further restrictions will be necessary. He made the statement […]

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 […]

Israel briefs members of the Caribbean community on its successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Israeli officials share vaccination rollout strategy including addressing vaccine hesitancy and formulating a “blueprint for return to normalcy” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With vaccine rollout in its early stages in the Caribbean and countries still battling COVID-19, which has severely affected the local population both health-wise and economically, the Israeli Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health […]

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 […]