Public health officials in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will begin administering the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines from July 2nd, 2018 to reduce the risk of cancers caused by the HPV virus.
The HPV virus causes almost all cervical cancers in women and also other cancers and genital warts in both males and females,
The primary target group for the vaccine is boys and girls ages 9-13 years. The HPV vaccine is also recommended for young women and men up to 26 years of age.
Participation in the HPV vaccination programme is voluntary and is administered free of charge. The vaccine can be accessed at the following locations daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays – Thursdays and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays:
- Johnson’s Point Clinic
- Jennings Clinic
- Browne’s Avenue Health Centre
- Bishop Gate Clinic
- Grays Farm Health Centre
- Clare Hall Health Centre
- All Saints Health Centre
- Newfield Clinic
- John’s Health Centre
During the month of July, several other clinics will also administer the vaccine namely, in Parham, Willikies, Bethesda, and Bendals.
In Barbuda, the HPV vaccine will be administered on July 6 at the Pentecostal Church from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Other dates will be announced for Barbuda
All persons are encouraged to have a meal before taking the vaccine. They are also asked to bring along their health card or some other form of identification.
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