Antigua & Barbuda receive 2nd tranche of Pfizer Vaccines from the US

More than 23 thousand doses of the Pfizer Vaccine arrived here from the United States yesterday, marking a boost to the local vaccination program. This is the second batch of vaccines to be received from the US.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey- Thomas was amongst those at the airport.

“The donation from the US government has certainly boosted our vaccination program that started in February. So far we’ve administered vaccines to over 100 hundred thousand persons with 50 thousand persons at least being fully vaccinated against covid-19. And significantly a proportion has been persons between the ages of 12 and 17. That has certainly contributed to our ability to have face to face education restart in Antigua & Barbuda.”

The CMO is also looking forward with anticipation to the third tranche of vaccines.

“We especially welcomed the news yesterday of the Pfizer vaccine being approved for children between the 5-11year old age group. We certainly hope our next donations will probably include some vaccines for that age group.”

Antigua & Barbuda was listed among 6 CARICOM countries to benefit from the vaccine donations from the US.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister EP Chet Green also used the occasion to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

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