The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is prepared to roll out Phase 2 of the Public Vaccination Program following the arrival of 24,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in Antigua and Barbuda earlier today.
These COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines were secured through the COVAX facility.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph and Foreign Affairs Minister E. P Chet Greene were present at the brief ceremony at the V. C Bird International Airport.
The public vaccination programme will commence on Tuesday, 13th April 2021 starting at 9 am.
The plan is to have 14,000 doses separated from this batch to replenish vaccines that were utilized under Phase 1 of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
This will ensure that all 27,000 doses are in place for second doses in May.
The remaining 10,000 doses will be used for first doses under Phase 2 of the public vaccination programme.
The four vaccination sites under Phase 2 are the Villa Polyclinic, the Glanvilles Polyclinic, the Multipurpose Culture and Exhibition Center and the Precision Center in Paynters.
The public vaccination sites will operate on Mondays through to Fridays from 9:00am to3:30pm.
The public is encouraged to actively participate in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme to create herd immunity, whereby the majority of the population is protected from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.