Hon Fahie made the announcement on Thursday, November 11, 2021, while delivering the 2022 budget at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola.
“COVID-19 is still a live threat and BVI Health Service Authority and other health stakeholders will continue working to keep our people safe. People of the Virgin Islands, hear me and hear me well. COVID-19 is still here. We have done so well with mitigating it thus far with GOD’s help that sometimes we are taking the blessings that GOD has given us for granted. Continue to practice all the measures for COVID-19,” Hon Fahie said.
The Premier further encouraged persons to follow the COVID-19 public health guideline and reminded that COVID-19 is still a threat in the territory.
“So, we have seen where COVID-19 is a threat. For instance, one area of emphasis in 2022 will be preparation for the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine boosters and vaccination of school-aged children – with parental consent, of course – using the Pfizer vaccine,” he said.
More work plans for 2022 announced by the Premier includes the completion of three construction projects in the Major Peebles Wing: the Road Town Clinic 1st Floor; the dual-purpose unit Specialist Clinics and Isolation Unit 2nd Floor; and the expanded Laboratory Unit Annex – Laboratory ISO 15189 certification.
“Through all the challenges, BVIHSA maintained its prestigious Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accreditation and is preparing for its third on-site survey visit from the accreditation body.”
The Premier underscored that the health of VI remains one of the highest priorities of his Government, “especially as we continue to face the threats of COVID-19 - the worst pandemic to confront the world in over 100 years,” he said