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Officials at the Ministry of Health and Social Development are advising the public that the interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses is being shortened to 4 to 8 weeks.
The adjustment is to ensure that as many residents as possible can be fully vaccinated before its stock of AstraZeneca vaccine expires at the end of July.
Persons who have not yet received their first dose are encouraged to do so between today and Friday July 2.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Irad Potter has explained that although the AstraZeneca vaccine produces a greater antibody response within a 10 to 12 week dose interval, a 4 to 8 week regime will still meet the threshold for full vaccination status.
Arrangements for the shipment of additional doses have not been confirmed due to various constraints affecting the global supply of AstraZeneca vaccines. Cold chain and logistics requirements that limit the Territory’s access to other approved COVID-19 vaccines add to the uncertainty of future supply.
“Discussions are however, ongoing with Public Health England and the COVAX Facility regarding vaccine supply to the Territory, and further information will be provided to the public once agreements have been finalised,” Dr. Potter said.
He added that in light of stringent manufacturer requirements, the onward transportation of vaccines from the BVI to a receiving country may not be feasible, and is encouraging residents to take advantage of the opportunity now while supplies last.
The BVI Health Services Authority is offering COVID-19 vaccination to residents over the age of 18 from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:
On Tortola at the Seventh Day Adventist Church hall, Fat Hogs Bay; Catholic Church Community Centre, Main Street; R&R Malone Complex, Pockwood Pond and on Saturdays at Rite Way Supermarket.
On Virgin Gorda at the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the North Sound Clinic by appointment.
Residents on Anegada are asked to schedule appointments by telephone at 852-7784 and on Jost Van Dyke by telephone at 852-7796.
Vaccines can also be accessed from the following private healthcare facilities namely Bougainvillea and Eureka Clinic, Penn Medical Centre, BVI Medical Centre and B&F Medical Centre.
Registration forms can be completed in advance by downloading the document from https://ministryofhealth.gov.vg/vaccines.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.