Ministry Provides Update On Covid Vaccine

January 22, 2023 | 37 Comments

“I am pleased to advise that Bermuda has met our coronavirus vaccination goal to have a third of our eligible population receiving their 2nd and 3rd booster,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson. “This is good news, as vaccinations are the best way to fight the coronavirus, protect our community and save lives.”

A spokesperson added, “Bermuda received its last vaccine shipment in September 2022, which included Pfizer-BioNTech original Adult formulation, Moderna Bivalent and Pfizer-BioNTech paediatric coronavirus vaccines. Since October 1, 2022, 3868 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered.

“The Ministry of Health successfully distributed all the Moderna Bivalent and Pfizer-BioNTech paediatric vaccines received last September. However, we still have the adult Pfizer formulation that can be used until April 2023. The Pfizer adult vaccine is safe and effective and can be used in place of the Moderna Bivalent vaccine.

“We are incredibly grateful for the collective efforts of local pharmacies, GPs, paediatricians, the Bermuda Diabetes Center and the St John’s Ambulance Brigade, who have been administering the vaccines since last October,” said Minister Wilson.

“They were instrumental in helping to fight the pandemic and protect our community. They provided testing and were a tremendous support in improving access and convenience to the coronavirus vaccine, outside of normal office hours and through a larger distribution network than existed previously. Their dedication and contributions will have a lasting impact on our community.”

A spokesperson added, “The public is reminded that there are actions that everyone can take to protect themselves and to avoid catching the flu, coronavirus or Respiratory syncytial virus [RSV], and other respiratory diseases prevalent during colder weather.

“Frequent hand washing, mask-wearing, maintaining social distancing and having good ventilation while indoors will help protect you, your loved ones and our vulnerable community, seniors and those who are immunocompromised.

“Avoid the “Three Cs”: close contact, crowded spaces and confined places with poor ventilation, especially if you live in a high-risk household, with adults with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease or anyone immune-compromised. Our vulnerable community also includes patients undergoing cancer treatment.

“Demand for the COVID-19 vaccines has decreased, and to avoid wastage, the Government plans to order additional supplies for early fall, in time for the next flu season.

Minister Wilson concluded: “The coronavirus is still with us; although under better control, it is still a threat, and we must remain vigilant. Sadly, we have had coronavirus-related deaths, and I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends who recently lost their loved ones. I strongly encourage all eligible individuals should get the coronavirus vaccination and get boosted on time.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Still pushing a vaccine that Pfizer itself has discredited as not preventing Covid or the spread of Covid? Add to that the numbers of people who have had severe reactions to the vaccine. Wilson is still showing she is incompetent, and a danger to the population.

    • jon says:

      you know how we are in Bermy, we just believe anything the US tells us.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Red alert! Anti vax nutjob in the vicinity!

      • question says:

        Can you actually refute what he said, or do you find silly slogans and name-calling easier?

        • sandgrownan says:

          It’s easier. But what’s the point? The anti-vax crowd are like the religious. If you could reason with religious people, there’s be no religion.

          No amount of peer reviewed papers will convince them otherwise. They need to be treated with contempt and ridicule.

          • question says:

            There were no peer-reviewed papers put out, for example, evidencing the safety or efficacy of the bivalent vaccines prior to them being approved. In fact, they weren’t actually tested on humans prior to being approved for use.

            The label ‘anti-vax’ is both a straw man and a pejorative. Treating someone with contempt is, I suppose, your substitute for proper discussion. It doesn’t really address the evident problems with vaccines.

            • sandgrownan says:

              The “straw man” is stating that the vaccine (or vaccines) are “not preventing Covid or the spread of Covid”.

              It was never ever claimed that any vaccine would do that.

              • Question says:

                “Today, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their new experimental Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infections and causes no serious safety concerns, according to a final analysis of their clinical trial.
                “Efficacy was consistent across age, race and ethnicity demographics. The observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age was over 94%,” Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said in a joint statement.”
      , Nov 18, 2020
                I could quote a dozen articles claiming the same things.

                All irrelevant now though, for obvious reasons. Obvious to most people, anyway.

            • sandgrownan says:

              ..but since you ask…here’s the conclusion from one, found with minimal research..

              In summary, the researchers noted that bivalent booster vaccination in the eligible population was associated with an 81% decrease in COVID-19-related hospitalizations. It was also associated with an 86% decline in mortality. Notably, there was a low response rate for bivalent vaccination (14%) among eligible subjects, perhaps due to vaccine misinformation, belief that vaccination was unnecessary, or reports of side effects.

              Together, these results indicate that bivalent vaccination is associated with a lower risk of severe COVID-19 in older adults and that efforts must increase to encourage vaccination among eligible populations.

              • Question says:

                I linked to the paper. You didn’t. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it.

                • Sandgrownan says:

                  Well, I didn’t make it up. Someone of your obvious intelligence could find this if you were interested in challenging your own view.

                  • question says:

                    Yet you refuse to state the source, or give the link. BTW, your alleged source says the vaccine was “associated with” certain outcomes. In other words, they are saying there is a temporal link, not a proven clinical causal effect.

                    Again, there were no human trials prior to approval and release of the bivalent vaccines. But if you an find one, which you won’t, then give us the link.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      Strawman if ever there was one. I never said there was. I’ve been quite careful to look for studies that support the hypothesis that vaccines are a good thing by summarising multiple studies, noting the multiple variables as the virus has mutated.

                      I’m not sitting here making up quotes!

                      Of course, and you know this, there is a clinical trial of the bivalent vaccines underway..


                      Stop being so disingenuous, it destroys what valid arguments you have.

                    • question says:

                      The one in the measures immunogenicity, i.e. antibodies in blood samples, 28 days after the booster. The experiment was done in early 2022.

                      Unlike the trial that I originally linked to, this makes no finding either way on the subject of how effective the booster is in stopping infection. And no comparison of boosters vs natural immunity in stopping infection, etc. It just measured antibodies. And it looked at side effects during the first month.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      If you read that much, then you read the interpretation.

                      “The heterologous booster of SCTV01C was safe, and induced uniformly high cross-neutralization antibody responses against Delta and Omicron variants.”

                    • question says:

                      You’re just essentially repeating what I said. The only thing they looked at was the level of antibodies produced at 28 days. And the side-effects manifested within 28 days.

                      They did not attempt to find out whether or not the vaccine gave protection against disease, or to what extent. It tells us nothing about that.

                      And, it was nearly a year ago.

                      Is that the best you can come up with?

                    • question says:

                      When did I say it’s a ‘scam’? I said bivalent vaccines weren’t tested on humans prior to their approval. I linked to a recent paper that compared outcomes for over 50,000 vaccinated vs unvaccinated subjects.

                      Anyway, the UK is now banning boosters for those under 50, following many other European countries. The risks vs benefits are finally starting to be taken into account.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      Keep back peddling.

                    • question says:

                      You make things up, and when I tell you I never said them, you accuse me of back peddling. You seem comfortable with delusions.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      Haven’t made anything up

                    • question says:

                      You said you were “arguing against falsehoods…it’s all a scam, etc”

                      So again, when did I say it was “all a scam”?

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      I didn’t say YOU said it was a scam. Anywhere. I pointed that out as one of the many, dangerous, falsehoods perpetrated.

                  • sandgrownan says:


                    Here’s another:,including%20among%20previously%20infected%20persons.

                    Admittedly in a high risk environment… but here’s the point: “The findings from this study suggest that, although mRNA vaccines and previous infection provide less protection against infection with the omicron variant than they did against earlier variants, boosters continue to provide substantial additional effectiveness, including among previously infected persons.”



                    There are literally, dozens, hundreds, of easily available studies showing effectiveness of boosters against Omicron. I’m not saying you should get boosted, but don’t spread falsehoods.

                    • Question says:

                      Rather than dredging up new articles every time I address the previous ones, why don’t you defend the first ones you bring up? Tell me why I’m wrong about the Lancet one, or the one. Read them yourself, justify why you linked them.

                      BTW, the UK has just announced it is following other countries by withdrawing all covid vaccines for people under 50. That’s how desirable they are for healthy young people. Banned.

                    • Joe Bloggs says:

                      ” the UK has just announced it is following other countries by withdrawing all covid vaccines for people under 50. That’s how desirable they are for healthy young people. Banned.”

                      That is not what the British Government said. The British Government is discontinuing free vaccinations on economic grounds

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      You haven’t addressed anything and I don’t have to defend anything when arguing against the falsehoods around COVID. We all know what they’s just a cold, vaccines don’t work, they are dangerous, no worse than flu, it’s all a scam etc etc.

                      Despite the changing landscape, and multiple variables, COVID is highly contagious, painful for some, dangerous for others and deadly for, at current count, millions globally. We know vaccines had a high success rate and boosters may be required long term (rather like flu jabs) for some.

                      Scientific consensus is clear. But I appreciate you have spotted something the rest of us haven’t. You should submit a paper.

                    • Joe Bloggs says:

                      “and deadly for, at current count, millions globally”

                      No! That is another lie. There have not been (approximately) 6.8 million deaths from COVID-19. The world governments have told the families they were dead, but in reality they have been transported to Mars to populate a secret colony set up by western governments and multi-national corporations. But don’t tell anyone!

      • aceboy says:

        Wow, still doubling down huh? Everyone is a nut job if they didn’t get this particular vaccine? What about two shots and then realizing it was all a scam? Still an anti vaxxer?

        • sandgrownan says:

          Scam? So, scientists around the world are all “in on it”.

          You’ll be telling me 9/11 was an inside job next.

          • aceboy says:

            When I was told that natural immunity has somehow disappeared from “science” and that a vaccine provides better protection I began to get suspicious that all wasn’t what it seemed. This in conjunction with the spiraling downward trend in the supposed “efficacy” of the vaccine solidified my resolve to get no more shots.

            I caught covid last August. I don’t want or need any more shots. The virus has not gotten “stronger” just more contagious. That is in line with what I have been taught about viruses since I was a child.

            But here’s the thing, you do you, I will do me. I won’t call you any names or try or wish you any harm.

            • sandgrownan says:

              Who told you that? No-one ever said that. I probably won’t get any more shots (I don’t take a flu shot).

              But here’s the thing, initially it was highly contagious, and serious for many and deadly for some. The initial vaccines were effective against the early variants.

              The landscape has changed over time.

              What I object to, is the obvious false argument that a) vaccines don’t work, b) vaccines are dangerous and c) it’s no worse than flu or a cold. It’s such utter bull. To suggest it was all a scam or hoax is nonsense.

              • Joe Bloggs says:

                sandgrownan, you missed the one about the vaccines being invented by Microsoft as a way of injecting nanobots into our bloodstreams and the possibility of COVID-19 being cured by bleach (which the President of the United States said the Government was looking into and which Dr. Faucci refused to address)

  2. Franklin Jr says:

    Translation: we set the goal so low it was basically impossible to not meet it! Bermp bermp!!!

  3. question says:

    “Since October 1, 2022, 3868 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered.”

    That is not a third of the population, who they are saying are supposed to have had their 2nd and 3rd boosters.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      I don’t think anyone said that 1/3 of the population had second or third boosters after 1 October 2022. Certainly, I am not in that group. I had my third booster in September 2022.

      I agree that 3,868 is nowhere near 1/3 of our population. It is more like 6%.

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