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Barbados quick to give vaccines

Regional 08 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Barbados is being praised for its fast vaccination programme

Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading covid vaccine distributors thanks to the donation of 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India. The Barbados population is 280,000.

It sparked a major vaccination effort in Barbados that resulted in approximately 12.5 percent of the population receiving their first shots in the past two weeks.

Frontline workers, including those in the tourism sector, were among those who received the first wave of vaccines.

In a televised nationwide address, Prime Minister Mia Mottley called it "a commendable start for a country that really did not have a lot in place for vaccination programme."

The vaccine rollout marked the fourth step in Barbados' COVID-19 management plan that hinges on contact tracing, public health protocols and Operation Seek and Save. In the Seek and Save program, public health officials visit communities to try and locate individuals who could unknowingly be infected and offer them early healthcare measures.

The vaccines now are available to those over 18, and the government has signalled its intent to obtain more doses so that all residents could be vaccinated by the end of April or early May.


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