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Governor takes second COVID-19 vaccine booster

Governor takes second COVID-19 vaccine booster

Governor John Rankin received his second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He took that second booster on Wednesday at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital and is urging citizens to consider getting boosted.

The Governor said he was grateful to be able to get his second booster, which is his fourth COVID-19 injection in total.

Rankin noted the United Kingdom has so far made nine deliveries of vaccines to the Virgin Islands, with the current shipment of the adult Pfizer vaccine due to expire at the end of September.

“While the impact of COVID and numbers of cases appears to have reduced, vaccines remain the best way to protect our community and freedoms, with previous restrictions now largely lifted. I urge those of you who can to vaccinate, even if you have not yet had your first dose. It is not too late,” Governor Rankin added.

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday morning, the Governor said the UK has made the vaccines accessible free of charge to citizens in the BVI with the most recent including the paediatric dosage for children.

“I very much hope that the worse effects of the pandemic are over and as the Premier said, we are moving people to take individual responsibilities in this area. I am now in discussion with the Chief Medical Officer about a further delivery of vaccines this autumn,” Rankin said.

He noted he was in the age group where he has to be very careful.

“I would urge anyone who wishes to; get boosted. There are vaccines available, and the last batch of vaccines is good between now and the end of September to get up to the hospital and get that vaccination precisely to keep us safe and help us to move back to as normal as we possibly can,” Rankin added.
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