Antigua and Barbuda is almost at the half way mark of the 40,000 doses of vaccines received from India


The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment continues to be encouraged by the public demand for the COVID-19 vaccine and notes that as of Saturday 6th March 14,218 vaccines had been administered.


Antigua and Barbuda is almost at the half way mark of the 40,000 doses of vaccines received recently from the Government of India and is awaiting word from the COVAX facility on additional vaccines for which the government has already paid.


The Government of Antigua and Barbuda paid the COVAX facility for 40, 800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The government is confident it will obtain enough vaccines to administer to the entire population.


The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is advising the public that currently vaccination is being distributed to key groupings of the population as a priority.


These key groups include persons ages 65 and above as they are most vulnerable to COVID-19 virus, and persons with disabilities.


Hotel workers, airport workers, teachers, are the other key groups for vaccination based on their support of economic and educational activities in Antigua and Barbuda.


Vaccination to public will be distributed based on availability on the island.

The COVID-19 vaccination program continues in 4 centers located at the Jennings Primary School, the All-Saints Secondary School, the Multipurpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre, and the Sir Novelle Richards Academy until Wednesday, 10th March 2021.


Vaccination at the Villa and Glanvilles Polyclinics will resume on Thursday 11th March 2021 thus maintaining the original 4 vaccination sites.


Individuals are required to present their identification cards at vaccination sites all of which open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.


Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Honourable Sir Molwyn Joseph would like to extend well wishes for a Happy International Women’s Day to all the hard working and dedicated women in Antigua and Barbuda and in particular those on the frontline, battling the pandemic.

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  1. PLEASE WAIT for COVAX doses to physically be on island BEFORE you use the remaining 20,000 doses you have on hand.
    COVAX has given dates to countries and when the date is close, they delay, and delay again. The delays are due to global supply shortage.
    A&B must hold the 20,000 doses securely as potential second doses for people already vaccinated with AstraZeneca – these people should NOT be injected with Sinopharm or Sputnik as the second dose.
    Please Sir Health, be prudent now, thousands of hesitant people have been courageous, for which the country is grateful, please do not knock their trust in you & the medical leaders.

    • Experts recommend the opposite. The goal is to vaccinate as many people with the first dose of the vaccine as possible. Rather than a smaller number with both.

      Up to 12 weeks is acceptable to wait for the second dose. Possibly longer if no option.

  2. Good job by the government on the vaccine rollout. Hopefully, we’ll be back on the road to normal very soon.

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