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Vaccine is here! TCI Health holds Press Conference; the BIG TAKE AWAYS



#TurksandCaicosIslands – January 8, 2021 – Turks and Caicos has access to 80,000 and can vaccinate the entire country; a remarkable position for the island.  First batch arrived last night (Jan 7) and is stored at TCI hospital. 

A portal to be launched for registration of residents interested in taking the vaccine, however, one does not have to wait for the portal, one can contact official offices to inform of your interest.

Confirmed that as of last night, there are 230 appointments already set for the Covid vaccines in Providenciales & Grand Turk; they begin next week Tuesday January 12

Logistically the TCI Hospitals and Family Island clinics will be the sites for the shots and it will be by appointment only; up to 80 individuals per day is what Minister of Health says is manageable for TCI at this time

Vaccines can be wasted.  It is critical for appointments to be kept.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays are vaccine days.  Tuesdays and Fridays in Provo.  Wednesdays in Grand Turk.  These islands are with the larger populations.

In the top three priority groups:  Health Care Workers, Elderly, Medically vulnerable, National leaders and Prison inmates there is a total of 2,290 individuals who can be immunized.

It is NOT mandatory for anyone to take vaccine; this includes health care workers.

Recent cluster of infections of Covid at the TCI Hospitals will not hurt the vaccination strategy says Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, TCI Hospitals CEO.  Screening for those entering all health facilities will continue and includes temperature check.

Minister Edwin Astwood myth-busting:  no chips, no one controlling the mind, no one here to trick you only here to offer the vaccine to help and save lives.  Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine unlike vaccines of yesteryear, is optional and with greater world and scientific scrutiny.

UK Government issued vaccines to four overseas territories; Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda and Gibraltar. TCI vaccines arrived via British Airways on evening of Thursday January 7, 2021.

TCI received 9,750 vaccines.

The Press Conference was held at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and welcomed media in the room and via Zoom.

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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Turks & Caicos’ E.J Saunders part of Election Observer team in UK on July 4



Danae Dennie



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Hon. E. J Saunders recently participated in the July 4 UK General Elections as part of the Commonwealth Observers and he will submit a report on his observations.

The mission of this initiative was to ensure that the information given in a report from the observers will inform future electoral development in the UK and jurisdictions of Commonwealth Observers. It is also hoped that the observers will have an increased understanding of the Electoral practices in the UK.

There were observers from England, France, Australia and the Seychelles.

When asked about his experience as an observer Hon. Saunders, who is an All Island elected member of the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly said, “I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to be part of this process and to have my recommendations added to the final report. To know that TCI’s feedback and recommendations will help to help strengthen the electoral process in the UK is significant. It’s usually the other way around.”

Hon. Saunders, a former deputy premier and former finance minister was able to be in the room when the results came in for what is now regarded as an historic political shift in the UK.

The Labour Party won the election, ending 14 years of Conservative rule. It was a landslide victory which made Kier Starmer the new Prime Minister; his party secured 412 of 650 seats in the House of Commons.

In comparison to the electoral process in the TCI, Hon. Saunders said “In some ways, I’m very impressed. In other ways I have a newfound appreciation for our electoral process at home.”

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