Preparations For Vaccine Shipment Underway

December 31, 2020 | 4 Comments

“Preparations are currently underway for the receipt of the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in the New Year,” Minister Kim Wilson said, adding that “among those to receive the first doses will be healthcare workers, essential workers, care home residents and the medically vulnerable.”

Speaking at last night’s [Dec 30] press briefing, Minister Wilson said, “I now want to give a quick update regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine…

“Preparations are currently underway for the receipt of the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in the New Year. This will include just over 9,000 doses. We are working to ensure that it is accessible to everyone who needs it first; among those to receive the first doses will be healthcare workers, essential workers, care home residents and the medically vulnerable.

“The Ministry of Health has been closely monitoring the roll-out of the vaccine across the United Kingdom – noting, in particular, any side-effects experienced by recipients. The common side effects are flu like symptoms including fever, headache and body or muscle pain.

“Questions about pre-existing conditions and allergies are asked prior to the vaccine being administered but on rare occasions it happens that a person might not be aware of the severe allergies they might have. Medical staff who administer the vaccine are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to observe and respond appropriately.

“We are currently in the process of locating additional sites across Bermuda from which to administer the vaccine, although, in the first instance, a central vaccination facility is being planned. Rest homes will be serviced by a mobile team which administers the vaccine. It is key to note the vaccine will be available strictly by appointment only.”

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  1. Concerned says:

    The U.K. is administering all available doses immediately to get vaccine into as many people as possible and will only do boosters later when they become more available. Fauci says the U.S. is considering the same. Is Bermuda considering this approach?

  2. sandgrownan says:

    9,000. So presumably, just 4500 people.

  3. Eye looking in says:

    So it is now mandatory to take it? I’ve done lost my job already. Why should we be forced to take something that we don’t want?

  4. Common Sense says:

    ELI No the vaccine will not be mandatory. There may not be enough for all those who actually want to have it(?), so you will not be forced to have it. In my opinion all people will either have had the disease within a couple of years or will have had the vaccine. The vaccine is the lesser of the ‘evils’

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