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Grenada continues vaccination programme

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Grenada continues vaccination programme
Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell receives his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, (Picture courtesy GIS Grenada)

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ST GEORGE’S – Within the first eight days of Grenada receiving its first shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, 146 people received the initial dose and hundreds more are set to get inoculated, following government’s decision to target tourism and other hospitality workers.

One vaccination site has already been established at the island’s lone general hospital, and Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shawn Charles said on Wednesday that a second one would be established.

That site will be primarily for workers in the tourism/hospitality sector.

“We are at an advanced stage of making the arrangements for that to occur, likely in the coming week…. We have identified a site, in a very central location, and we will be communicating that information to everyone,” Charles said.

Most of Grenada’s hotels are now classified as quarantine-safe facilities and all incoming visitors are required to be quarantined before they are allowed to mix with the general population.

The island’s priority list for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine also includes law enforcement officers such as police and prison officers.

The latest COVID-19 dashboard, dated February 16, shows no new or active cases in Grenada. However, 179 people are in quarantine after being allowed to enter the country.

Grenada is scheduled to receive 45 600 AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility, but last week the country received 3 000 vaccinations as a gift from the Government of India.

Among the persons already vaccinated were Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, other members of Cabinet, the Commissioner of Police, as well as frontline healthcare workers in the private and public sectors. (CMC)