Government Media To Cover Vaccine Arrival

January 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

The British Airways flight scheduled to arrive this evening [Jan 8] is reportedly carrying around 9,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine — enough to vaccinate 4.500 people — and the Ministry previously advised that they plan to begin administering the vaccine on Monday.

Bernews is unable to film it [media needs permission to film at airport, which we could not obtain] however the Government have advised they gave the Government media permission and will provide a live stream, so you will be able to see that on their Facebook page, with the flight currently scheduled to arrive at around 5.30pm.

Update | Quick clip of the flight arriving this evening, which is the one part we are able to film:

Minister of Health Kim Wilson previously said, “Just over 9,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are scheduled to arrive in Bermuda on the British Airways flight this Friday 8 January 2021. Once the vaccines arrive on island, they will be taken immediately to a storage facility.

“The Ministry will begin administering the vaccine doses on Monday 11 January 2021, to healthcare and essential workers who agree to take the vaccine.

“In this context, essential frontline workers are those who provide services which prevent social disruption and allow society to function and who are also at risk for higher levels of exposure to COVID-19. This includes firemen, police, corrections officers, personnel at the ports of entry and teachers.

“We will also administer the first batch of the vaccine to our most vulnerable, seniors (who give their consent), in rest homes and long-term care facilities. There is no cost for the vaccine and they will be administered at sites arranged by the Department of Health and with primary care physicians who have been approved by the Department of Health.

“The vaccine will be given in two doses; the first dose will be given next week and for those people the second dose will be given three weeks later. The rollout of the vaccine will proceed along those lines: the first dose, then the second dose administered three weeks later. For the vaccine to be fully effective, two doses are required.”

For further coverage of the vaccine arrival, please see the Government media.

Update | Government media tweet with a link to their story

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  1. Curious says:

    Will taxi drivers be considered essential frontline workers?

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