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Large turnout for COVID vaccines at Cave Hill Campus


RACHELLE AGARD

Large turnout for COVID vaccines at Cave Hill Campus
Students at the Cave Hill Campus registering to get the first dose of Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. (Picture by Shanice King)

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Hundreds of faculty and students of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, today received their first inoculation of the Pfizer vaccination.

When a NATION team visited the campus, a long line was observed for the vaccination, while a huge number were also awaiting registration.

Co-coordinator of the National Vaccination Programme, Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, said they were doing quite well and there was a huge turnout for the first day.

“We’re getting the flow proper, and it is the first day out. Yesterday (Wednesday) we had a little training and this is the first day out. We’re a little disorganised in a sense, a bit slower than usual, but we’re getting there and we thank the people for their patience,” she said,

“We didn’t come out with the full force, we came out with our mobile bus team because we really didn’t expect so many people to come.”

On Wednesday night at the final town hall meeting on mandatory vaccination and testing at Combermere School, chief medical officer Dr Kenneth George said there would be a limited rollout of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday.

George said it would start with individuals and recruits from the Barbados Defence Force and other small groups, expanding to the general population later next week.

Barbadians now have the option of Sinopharm, Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines, after the country received a shipment of 70 000 doses of the latter just over a week ago as part of a donation from United States president Joe Biden.

The latest vaccination figures from the Ministry of Health indicate about 32 per cent of the Barbadian population received second doses and are fully vaccinated. (RA)