Covid-19 Vaccine Doses ‘Must Be Used Today’

March 3, 2021 | 9 Comments

The Ministry of Health “currently has a large number of Covid-19 vaccine doses available that must be used today” and people aged 65 and over who “have not already been provided with an appointment are invited” to go to the Bermuda College or the hospital vaccination centres before 6pm today [March 3].

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health currently has a large number of Covid-19 vaccine doses available that must be used today.

“Persons 65 and over who have not already been provided with an appointment are invited to go to the Bermuda College or the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] vaccination centres before 6 pm today.

“If you already have an appointment to be vaccinated, please do not attend. These doses are available for people without an already scheduled appointment. If you intend to take advantage of this opportunity, please ensure that you have registered before you attend on vaccine.resqwest.com.

“Please note that this is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there may be a line at the vaccination centres, and subsequently, those attending may have to wait in line to be vaccinated. Once the available doses have been used, those remaining in line will have to wait until their scheduled appointments.

“We are encouraging those 65 years and over to take advantage of this opportunity. You are not eligible if you are currently in quarantine or have recently travelled and not yet had your 14 day negative COVID test.”

Update 4.52pm: The Government said, “Please note that we have enough people who attended the centres. We do not need any more people.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    I cannot believe that we are in this position.

    I can only hope that the people who are reluctant to get vaccinated are not taking other risks with their health.

  2. What says:

    Why wasn’t this advertised yesterday or the day before.?

  3. Paul says:

    Thankfully, no vaccines were wasted due to the 11th-hour outreach. I’m fortunate to have received both jabs and I would encourage the Health Authorities to develop a formal “standby” pipeline of any eligible residents who are available to go to a vaccination centre on short notice. Perhaps, send an email blast to all registered persons. Kudos if this was done today!

    Fortunately, the last-minute request for “arms” worked today, but it would have been a shame to waste vaccines due to expiry and a shortage of arms. By implementing a pipeline, it’ll ensure there are more available arms than fresh vaccine supplies.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Totally agree and have said this many times. There is a better way to use up spare doses. Have a stand by list similar to airlines. People available to attend at short notice. If the goal is to have all doses used, and a herd immunity then just get people vaccinated.

  4. puzzled says:

    Idiots.
    Think about it.

  5. Toodle-oo says:

    “Please note that this is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there may be a line at the vaccination centres, and subsequently, those attending may have to wait in line to be vaccinated.”

    Rest assured that lines do occur even with the scheduled appointments.
    When I left the Bercol after getting my 1st jab 10 days ago there was a line that I certainly wouldn’t wanted to have been at the back of stretching up the hill and around the building.

    Nonetheless it good to note that no vaccines were wasted today and I encourage all people who haven’t yet made an appointment to jump at the opportunity should it arise again .

  6. anon says:

    It said 65 or over so did not go, but seems it was given to any age group. Given the wait time is months, that does not seem fair. If there might be excess then see if anyone in the same phase or close can come as standby.

    • James says:

      Exactly. Blasts like these aren’t fair to those registered. I have been registered since January and still haven’t been able to get my first dose. I’ve even emailed the hotline to ask to be considered for standby doses as I can attend centers at short notice. I only found out about this appeal at 4 PM this afternoon, and, by all indications, it would’ve been too late by the time I got to either of the centers.

  7. why says:

    i would simply like to know how did we arrive at this predicament. it just sounds to me like we had a big OOOPS.

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