The statistics as of March 13, 2021, show that Bermuda has administered a total of 29,708 vaccinations, so 29% of the population has received one dose, while 18% of the population has had two doses.
During this evening’s press conference, Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, “For the nine week period from January 11 to March 13, 2021, Bermuda has administered a total of 29,708 vaccinations – a figure that rises to 30,481 if you include yesterday’s vaccinations as well! – all of which is good news.
“Of the 29,708 vaccinations administered for the period we are reporting on, which ends March 13;
- 54% are women, and,
- 46% are men.
“Bermuda’s goal of “herd immunity” will be achieved when 70% of the population [64,054] has been immunized. To date, 29% of the population has been vaccinated [with 1 dose], and 18% of the population has been immunized [with 2 doses].
“4,699 vaccinations were delivered in the first week of March, and 4,304 vaccinations were delivered last week for a total of 9,003 vaccinations since the last press conference. The public has accessed these vaccines as follows:
- The Vaccination Centre at Bermuda College administered 17,650 or 59% of vaccinations,
- 11,090 or 37% were administered at the Bermuda Hospitals Board Vaccination Centre,
- 806 or 3% were administered at rest homes and long term care facilities, and
- 162 or 1% were administered at Other Vaccination Sites.
“These are superb results, and next week we will be able to provide an update of progress against our objectives as well. Regrettably, that information is not available today. Even so, I would like to thank all those who have taken the step to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our community.
“I want to remind residents that we are now in Phase 2 of Bermuda’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy.
“Phase 2 is for residents who are 50 years or older, have been diagnosed with heart disease, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, have a disability, are of no fixed abode or essential travelers – persons who must travel for medical purposes or to return to school.
“If you fit the criteria for Phase 2, you should register for an appointment by completing the registration form at forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine.
“If you were eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1A and 1B groups and have not registered yet, please do so today or take advantage of the walk-in service at the Bermuda College.
“The Bermuda College Vaccination Centre will accept walk-ins all this week for those persons 65 years and older who are unable to register for the vaccination on line. We will also accept walk-ins for those persons 50 or older. However, again, please note that priority will be given to those 65 and older. Walk-in appointments are from 3 pm to 6:45 pm, and we do ask that you not attend before 3 pm.
“With regard to the numbers of persons who have registered interest… To the week ending March 13, a total of 22,298 persons have registered their interest in getting vaccinated. This number reflects actual individual registrations. Previous totals reported included what were later identified as multiple registrations. A clean-up analysis just completed indicates that 2,873 duplicate registrations were removed from the system.
“The current breakdown of registrations is as follows:
- 6,515 Black
- 11,045 White
- 2,964 Mixed or Other, and,
- 1,774 Prefer not to say or Not Specified.
“For those of you who have registered already – thank you and please encourage your family and friends who may be in the priority groups to register.
“I also want to remind everyone about the partnership with the Ministry of Health and Age Concern Bermuda to provide assistance to their members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Adults aged 50+ who require assistance with transportation to their scheduled vaccine appointment can call Age Concern on 238 7525 to arrange free transportation.
“To receive this free service, individuals must have already registered and received their vaccination appointment. If you are unable to register, you can also contact Age Concern for assistance in registering for your appointment, as they will do it for you. The transportation is being provided by Project Action, and will include travel to and drop-off after your vaccination appointment. It is good for travel to vaccinations at both the Hospital and the Vaccination Centre at Bermuda College.
“Please remember that you will not be vaccinated if you have travelled in the last 14 days. You must Have a day 14 negative test result to get either your first or second dose.
“Once immunised, however, there are some changes to the Travellers’ First 14 Days, which are as follows:
- Bermuda’s testing regime remains in place, therefore, an immunized person must obtain and upload a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test as part of the Travel Authorisation process;
- All immunized persons will be tested on arrival at the airport [and will be in quarantine until they receive that result] and test again on days 4, 8 and 14 of their stay – this is the same for non-immunised persons;
- If an immunized person does not have a pre-arrival test [and this can only apply to residents], the person must remain in quarantine at their accommodation until the day 4 test – this is different compared with a non-immunised person, who must quarantine until day 8;
- After two negative test results – pre-arrival and arrival or arrival and day 4 – the immunized person can carry out regular day-to-day activities;
- Immunised travellers will not be required to wear a wristband; and,
- All immunized travellers – like everyone in Bermuda – must continue to follow public health guidelines such as wearing a mask, being physically distanced from others and practicing good hand hygiene.
“Information about immunized travellers and, in particular, business travellers, can be found at: gov.bm/coronavirus-covid-19-information-immunised-travellers.”