The island will receive 11,700 more vaccines from the UK tomorrow [Oct 7] and will begin administering booster shots this weekend, Minister of Health Kim Wilson said.
Speaking at today’s press conference, Health Wilson said, “Tomorrow, we will receive 11,700 vaccine doses from the United Kingdom and begin administering boosters this Saturday 9th October and Sunday 10th October at the rest homes and the King Edward Memorial Hospital vaccine centre, respectively.
“The rest homes residents and staff will receive boosters, and those that are interested in being newly vaccinated at the rest homes will also have an opportunity to receive first doses at this time as well.
“The KEMH vaccine Centre has committed to the following booster schedule: Sundays and Wednesday 8am to 8pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays will remain dedicated to 1st and 2nd doses.
“A second vaccine centre is scheduled to open the week of October 12th, at the National Sports Centre for persons 65 and over.
“Persons are eligible for the booster vaccine after 6 months of the second dose. In addition to the rest home, we will begin our booster roll-out with those who have the highest risk of getting infected which are the immunosuppressed persons.
“Immunosuppressed are those with underlying conditions that make them highly at risk of severe illness if they were to contract Covid-19. The following categories for the roll out will be those that are 65 and over and then healthcare workers. The roll out is designed to ensure those that are vulnerable and those that work in high risk environments are a priority for the booster vaccine.”