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 […]

STILL LEARNING: Dahl-Regis defends eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people but notes research is ongoing

“We are being guided; the story is still being written” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite concerns regarding the removal of testing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals traveling into and throughout The Bahamas, Head of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis said yesterday the matter of transmission after vaccination is still being reviewed by […]

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 […]