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LIVE UPDATES: COVID Management February 10, 2021


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LIVE UPDATES: COVID Management February 10, 2021
Dr Anton Best. (GP)

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Key points and live updates from the February 10, 2021 COVID management press conference featuring Dr Anton Best, senior medical officer of health; Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, public health specialist and co-ordinator of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign; and Major David Clarke of the Barbados Defence Force.

 

Ambassador Elizabeth Thompson

  • There is a vaccinations committee headed by Dr Kenneth Connell.
  • It comprises: Maryam Hinds of the Barbados Drug Service, Dr Ingrid Cumberbatch and Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand
  • That group will examine the vaccines available across the globe and which are best for us.
  • There is a Second Committee dealing with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 18 to 70 year olds.
  • Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand and Major David Clarke are Co-coordinators of the National Vaccination Programme.
  • Dame Sandra Mason is doing well.
  • She has been fully tested and was negative.
  • The GG will be taking the vaccination publicly.
  • No word on the Chief Justice.
  • Operation Seek and Seek and Save visited 37 034 households.
  • Wednesday was a rest day.
  • The teams return to the field on Thursday.

Major David Clarke of the Barbados Defence Force

  • 9 polyclinics in Barbados
  • We will have vaccination teams operating out of polyclinics.
  • Only vaccinating those who have not had COVID or showing any symptoms at this time.
  • All front line workers, including those at supermarkets.
  • As more vaccines come we can have more people vaccinated.
  • Teams comprised nine people and will be managed by Public Health Sister.
  • There will be a medical doctor to educate and manage you.
  • There will be a mandatory 15 minute period after to be monitored.
  • A general worker will sanitise after each vaccination.
  • Someone to manage flow of people coming in.
  • After receiving vaccination you receive a card.
  • It has a return date for your second vaccination.
  • Mobile teams, drive through teams and static location for areas where there is no polyclinic.
  • 30 people were vaccinated today.
  • Expect BDF will be completely vaccinated by Monday.
  • Vaccinations will start tomorrow with those on Table of Precedence.
  • On Monday, it should be at full capacity.
  • Vaccinations started today with University students, Chief Medical Officer, BDF team under Major Clarke’s lead, Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand.
  • 30 people were vaccinated today.
  • Expect BDF will be completely vaccinated by Monday.
  • Vaccinations will start tomorrow with those on Table of Precedence
  • On Monday, it should be at full capacity.
  • Vaccinations started today with University students, Chief Medical Officer, BDF team under Major Clarke’s lead, Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand.
  • There are 20 000 people among front line workers alone.
  • Officials had to look at numbers and restricted to ensure every entity can function.
  • Cabinet/Government structure to start from tomorrow.
  • They are still refining, but there are five categories.
  • Health care, frontline workers/taxi drivers/security/governance
  • Barbados has a large elderly population
  • 21 000 over 85 years old
  • 44 000 over 75 years old
  • 30 per cent of population have NCDs

Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand

  • 10 doses in each vial
  • Each dose is 0.5 mls
  • Will be injected in the deltoid muscle.
  • Wait 15 minutes to be monitored before going home.
  • UWI is to be doing a study on if Astra Zeneca works (efficacy) especially in over 65 year-old.
  • Hoping for scientific evidence but will look at figures post vaccinations.
  • We want to save lives.
  • We want to reduce morbidity.
  • Continue with hand washing, sanitising and physical distancing.
  • To have herd immunity, the ideal is to have 60 to 70 per cent of population vaccinated.

Dr Anton Best

  • Operation Seek and save identified 236 people with symptoms of Covid
  • 105 rapid tests – five diagnosed yesterday
  • They were informed and transported to Blackman Gollop.
  • Covid is affecting everyone
  • Emphasis on those with co-morbidities and over 60 because they have worse outcomes.
  • Officials are not only focusing on them alone, but also on young people
  • Children and young people are vulnerable.
  • The vaccine will work to reduce transmission.