#TheBahamas, May 28, 2021 – While The Bahamas has managed to get through 50,000 shots or 58 percent of its Covid-19 vaccines with first jabs administered, second shots are way down, barely past 6,000 hence the shift to mass vaccinations which are now happening at sites around the country.
The data came on Sunday when Dr. Merceline Dahl Regis, special health advisor to the Prime Minister joined him for a national update.
“We have an new opportunity to manage this Covid-19 pandemic… as of Friday, the 21st of May, a total of 50,242 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine had been administered to Bahamians and residents on NP, Grand Bahamas and throughout the Family islands. The total number of doses include: 44,226 first doses and 6,016 second doses. Four thousand eight hundred and 93 of the second doses had been administered in New Providence and 1,123 second doses in Grand Bahama,” said Dr. Dahl-Regis in her presentation carried live on television and social media.
Dr. Dahl Regis, explains the committee managing the roll out is pleased with the process and over the coming days, some 11,000 shots are expected to be given as The Bahamas works though its 87,200 doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine.
“Following a successful roll out in the Family Islands last month we expect to start administering second doses in the islands during the month of June in accordance with the recommended 8 to 12 week spacing between doses. As you can see from the dashboard, first doses of the vaccine have been administered on a total of 14 Family Islands and cays.”
Nine weeks into vaccinations, The Bahamas, through the COVAX facility is expected to get more vaccines. The shots, said Dr Dahl Regis, are working to reduce infections and chronic cases.
“We are fortunate to have received COVID-19 vaccines when there is a worldwide shortage. To date, The Bahamas has received 87,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This includes 20,000 doses from the Government of India and 67,200 doses, pre-paid, through the COVAX Facility with the assistance of the Pan-American Health Organization and Inter-American Development Bank. The Bahamas is also expected to receive an additional 33,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility by the end of this month,” she said.
Taking the vaccine has been highest among the retired and unemployed; health care, government workers, uniformed branches, domestic and construction workers fall somewhere in the middle of the uptake chart produced by the Ministry and Health and agriculture sector workers have been least administered the vaccine.