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Make an appointment to get COVID vaccine

Make an appointment to get COVID vaccine
Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand (GP)

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Co-coordinator of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, is pleading with Barbadians not to overwhelm the system in their rush to receive the vaccine.

If you don’t have an appointment, she said, stay at home. And that also applies to those who are not in the categories currently identified by Government for inoculation.

“All our centres are being overwhelmed with people who are turning up without appointments. People in young age groups are coming and they are not our prime priority at this moment. It is the over 70s, those with chronic diseases who are between 18 and 60 and some frontline workers,” Ferdinand said.

“There is no need to rush and panic now and overwhelm us. So please be patient, we cannot work under these conditions.”

The public health specialist said there was also a risk of exposure to the same disease they are trying to fight because people are “bunching up” at the centres and not social distancing.

Ferdinand said more vaccines will be here in “a couple of weeks” and there will be “ample for everybody”.

On Saturday, there were long lines at the vaccination centres. (SAT)