Call Hotline To Register Interest In Taking Vaccine

January 10, 2021

The Health Ministry has set up a hotline to answer questions about getting the Covid-19 vaccine, and they are “inviting people who are aged 65 years and older to register their interest in taking the vaccine by calling the hotline.”

This follows after the first shipment of 9,750 doses arrived on the island on Friday, with the Ministry set to begin administering the vaccine on Monday [Jan 11] to healthcare workers, essential workers and seniors in rest homes and long-term care facilities.

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In releasing the most recent test results, a Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry has set up a secondary hotline specifically to answer questions about getting the vaccine and to register members of the public who fit into high risk categories so the vaccine can be administered to them.

“The Ministry is inviting people who are aged 65 years and older to register their interest in taking the vaccine by calling the hotline. The Ministry is prioritizing vaccine recipients by age and vulnerability. People who should call the hotline should fit into the following categories:

“People 65 years and older, with preference given to those who are over 80 years old.

“Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable which includes people who have:

  • Immunosuppressant for example chemotherapy or after organ transplant;
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE];
  • Severe Asthma;
  • Severe COPD

“Anyone suffering with:

  • Heart disease;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Diabetes.

“The phone number is 444-2498 – option #2. Operating hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm.”

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  1. Clive thatcher says:

    I want sign up for this. How do I do it?

  2. 2020 Won says:

    Well Clive, sorry to have to inform you but it goes like this.

    First you need to make multiple phone calls to the hotline and press option #2. You’ll need to make multiple calls because hundreds of other people will be trying to get through too and the line will be busy with no option to leave a message. The sole operator works a full 7 hour shift with breaks every two hours for coffee etc and an hour off for lunch.

    When you do get through and pass the interrogation about your qualifications for getting the vaccine, they will take your details.

    In six months time when you don’t hear rom anyone and call to query why, you will be told they have no record of you registering in the first place.

    Go back to step one.

    • KWatson says:

      Just called about 15 times and finally got through, pushed #2 and was told I could leave a message and someone would call me back, except was then told that the mailbox was full!!! ALREADY???

    • Trying says:

      This is too accurate. If you can get past the busy signal, and select option 2, it rings and rings until you eventually get to voicemail – which is full.

  3. Bulwer Lytton says:

    Do the Brits get it first?

  4. Carol Dunstan says:

    Would like to get on list for Covid Vaccine

  5. Antony Siese says:

    How do we go about it Carol? I called at 8.30am & got through after the 8th call. Left my name and number but have not heard anything. Called again this afternoon and the mailbox is full!!!