Major Clarke: No shortage of second doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Co-coordinator for the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign (Logistics), Major David Clarke, has given the assurance that there are enough second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine available to inoculate everyone who already received their first dose.
Clarke explained that people need not worry since the second doses for the first phase of the vaccination programme were placed in storage.
A statement issued by Barbados Government Information Service today said they will be administered to people who already had their first shot.
Clarke said that health officials were currently using available first doses from additional batches of vaccine received, to continue the vaccination programme. He added that these were not the vaccines donated by the Government of India.
The roll out for the administration of the second dose of the vaccine is expected to start from April 17. Based on scientific information, the second dose is best given 10 to 12 weeks after the first to achieve greater efficacy. (BGIS)