JM | Jun 21, 2021

Health Ministry halts COVID-19 vaccinations for Monday, Tuesday but resumes on Wednesday

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton

After announcing on Thursday (June 17) that priority would be given to second dose vaxxers 50 years and older during last weekend’s blitz exercise, the health ministry has advised that no vaccinations will take place on Monday (June 21) and Tuesday (June 22) as the country awaits the arrival of additional vaccine supplies.

According to a media statement from the ministry, “persons with second dose due on these two days (Monday and Tuesday) are asked not to visit any vaccination centre, but to await contact from the regional health authorities with details of their new appointment”.

The ministry has also indicated that second dose vaccinations will resume for persons 50 years and older who are due on Wednesday, June 23.

In the meantime, the ministry has advised that a shipment of vaccines is expected in the island this week and a full roll out of second dose vaccination for all age groups, across the island will resume on the weekend.

The ministry is reminding persons who are scheduled to receive their second dose that, despite the delay, they are still within the recommended wait period between doses as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

At present, the WHO recommendation is that persons wait eight to 12 weeks between their first and second dose, in the case of the double dose AstraZeneca vaccine. Further to that, the recommendation from experts is that if persons go beyond the 12th week, they should get the second dose as soon as possible thereafter.


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