Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) made the announcement via a live broadcast on Thursday, March 5, 2021.
“When we receive the new batches of vaccination, which was originally due on 3rd March but now confirmed to arrive on 17th March, we will bring the private sector on board through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding will be executed with qualified private health care providers and require them to conduct vaccinations at no administrative or product costs to persons or the National Health Insurance programme.”
Minister Malone then urged persons to join him and the 4,474 persons in the VI already inoculated to take the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“While there are those who are apprehensive about taking any vaccine, let me admonish and encourage you to take this step with me and get vaccinated! It is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, our families and humanity, but, most importantly, for the BVI We Love!” he remarked.
He added: “As more and more of us get vaccinated here in the Virgin Islands and in the wider global community, we can begin to look at how this will impact our entry requirements and begin to reopen our borders and our economy and further restore our lives and livelihoods.”
Minister Malone said the UK has promised to send a total of 24,000 doses of the vaccine in two shipments scheduled to arrive on March 17 and 31, 2021.
Meanwhile, the VI is finalising plans for 12,000 more doses of the same vaccine from COVAX, Hon Malone stated.
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