The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment today announced a partnership with Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy in a “One World Protected” campaign designed at getting the Antigua and Barbuda population vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
The Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy One World Protected campaign offers a $50 food voucher to each person receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine which is valid for the purchase of groceries at the Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy at Epicurean Drive and at Jolly Harbour, Price Chopper at Woods Centre and Perry Bay Supermarket at Perry Bay. The voucher is not redeemable for cash or change and must be utilized in one transaction.
In making the announcement, Health, Wellness and the Environment Minister, Sir Molwyn Joseph said that he is delighted that Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy has come forward to support the government’s drive to reach herd immunity by offering a token to individuals who receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Getting vaccinated is not only a personal choice, but it is a choice that will impact positively on individuals, families, friends, communities and the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The support of Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy in this public health initiative is vital to the overall wellness and development of our society,” Sir Molwyn stated.
Human Resource Administrator of Epicurean Foods and Pharmacy, Nola Clarke said that the company recognizes the importance of the nation being fully vaccinated and is delighted to support the government in offering a token to those individuals who make the responsible decision to get vaccinated. “We proudly stand resilient with the government in this fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said Nola Clarke.
Minister Molwyn Joseph said that this initiative mounted by the Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy comes at an opportune time as the Ministry of Health ramps up its campaign to get more persons vaccinated. He said that he looks forward to other businesses on island partnering with the Ministry to get the nation vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
In addition to the mobile vaccination unit crisscrossing the nation, vaccines are being administered at the Villa Polyclinic, the Glanvilles Polyclinic, the Multipurpose Culture and Exhibition Center and the Precision Center in Paynters. The public vaccination sites operate on Mondays through to Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to get vaccinated to create herd immunity, whereby the majority of the population is protected from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. With herd immunity, it is expected that the country will return to normalcy, which will include the facilitation of economic, social and cultural activities and the ease of travel. Individuals who received their first dose twelve weeks ago will commence receiving their second dose this month
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment also reminds the public that pre-registration for the COVID-19 Vaccine continues. For online registration, please visit www.vaccineantiguabarbuda.com and select the “Vaccine Registration” tab. Upon clicking the tab, you will be required to fill in your general information and when completed, click “submit”. Your registration is then completed. Registration call center numbers are 788-8299, 736-8295, 736-8298, 736-8299, 780-8618, 780- 8652, 780-8678 and 780-8461, Mondays through to Fridays from 9:00am to 3:30 pm, and closed on public holidays and weekends.
Pre-registration is vital for efficiency in the vaccination process.