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Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru launches to massive turnout

COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru launches to massive turnout

‘Operation Protect Each Other,’ a COVID-19 vaccination drive-through initiative has launched this morning, July 17, 2021, to a massive turnout as persons queue up in their vehicles to get vaccinated.

The drive-through, happening today Saturday, and Sunday at Festival Grounds, Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola, from 09:00 am - 05:00 pm will be offering both doses of the AstraZeneca jab, free of cost.

Long lines & massive turnout


Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) commenting on the turnout said, ‘Bravo! BVI is on the move to be fully vaccinated. The lines on the Festival Grounds for the vaccination drive-through… are long and so will be our lives. God is Good!,” he said.

According to information released on the initiative, to get vaccinated, persons must be over the age of 18 and must have a valid photo identification such as a driver’s license or NHI card.

Carpools are also welcomed, and persons are being encouraged to wear short sleeve tops, however, they should be prepared to spend some 45 minutes at the venue.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) commenting on the drive-through initiative and the turnout said the VI was on the move towards full vaccination as evident to the long lines.


No exiting vehicles for smooth process


The guidelines also indicated that pre-filled registration forms will take less time, however, persons are being encouraged to not get out of their vehicles while at the venue.

The project is being executed as part of a collaboration between the Government of the VI, Unicef, Rotary, BVI Red Cross, and the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA).

After the jab, persons would have to park and wait for 15 minutes after which they will be free to leave, however, once you feel sick or anyone in the vehicle feels sick after vaccination, the car can be honked for assistance.

For persons without vehicles, the event also has provisions for walk-in vaccinations.

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