Adjusted time for second dose, more COVID vaccines coming
Barbadians and permanent residents who received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will receive the second dose or booster in 10 to 12 weeks (from the date of first injection).
Additionally, more vaccines will be arriving this week.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness said in a statement a short while ago that the adjusted time for the second dose is based on new, scientific information from AstraZeneca indicating the efficacy of the vaccine is significantly increased if there is a longer period between the first and second dose. Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be implementing the booster dose from April 26, 2021.
“We are aware that at the time of their vaccination, some persons would have been given a date to receive their second dose. Some of these dates may change and more details will be given soon,” the statement said.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness gave the assurance to the public of the safety of the vaccines sourced on the international market, and expressed gratitude for the “overwhelming support of the National Vaccination Programme, so far”.
New vaccines are expected here this week to give further impetus to the programme, and all Barbadians and permanent residents are encouraged to be vaccinated using the registration and appointment system.
The COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be free at the point of delivery, but a fund will soon be set up so that people who wish to make a contribution to the national vaccination effort may do so. (PR)