In the midst of a rising death toll linked to COVID-19, several residents heeded the call by health professionals to get vaccinated against the virus.
Dubbed 'Operation Protect Each Other', dozens of residents streamed through the drive thru set up at the Festival Grounds in Road Town. According to figures released by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie, the total persons vaccinated on Saturday & Sunday amounted to 887 of which 753 received their first shot and 134 their second shot.
Premier Fahie has stated repeatedly that he continues to receive questions about the plan for the Territory as COVID-19 cases surge and deaths nearing 20. However, the Premier has maintained that the plan is to vaccinate. The vaccination drive, he said, will continue during the week at the Festival Grounds between 9am to 4pm daily.
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone stated that the initiative will give persons and the Territory a working chance in combatting the virus.
Hon. Malone also thanked Governor John Rankin CMG and the support of the United Kingdom in providing the AstraZeneca vaccines on island; and announced that another shipment of vaccines and rapid test kits will be arriving into the Territory within the week.
Persons aged 18 and older are encouraged to pre-fill registration forms available online at ministryofhealth.gov.vg/vaccines, or register on site, walk with a government issued identification, wear their face masks and wear short sleeved tops for easy access to getting their vaccine shot.
The COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine provides additional protection by boosting immunity by creating antibodies, preventing and reducing the risk of severe illness, reducing the risk of death from COVID-19, reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 and ultimately allowing the community to reconnect. COVID-19 vaccines paired with all health measures such as hand washing and sanitising, proper face mask wearing and physical distancing can provide optimal protection as countries around the world are still adjusting to living in the COVID-19 era.