The Ministry of Well being and Wellness is informing all Barbadians and everlasting residents who obtained their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that the second dose or booster will likely be due in 10 to 12 weeks (from the date of first injection).
That is primarily based on new, scientific info from AstraZeneca indicating the efficacy of the vaccine is considerably elevated if there’s a longer interval between the primary and second dose. Due to this fact, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness will likely be implementing the booster dose from April 26, 2021.
We’re conscious that on the time of their vaccination, some individuals would have been given a date to obtain their second dose. A few of these dates could change and extra particulars will likely be given quickly.
The Ministry of Well being and Wellness takes this chance to guarantee the general public of the security of the vaccines sourced on the worldwide market, and thanks them for his or her overwhelming assist of the Nationwide Vaccination Programme, thus far.
New vaccines are anticipated on the island this week to present additional impetus to the programme, and all Barbadians and everlasting residents are inspired to be vaccinated utilizing the registration and appointment system.
The COVID-19 vaccine will proceed to be freed from value on the level of supply, however a fund will quickly be arrange in order that individuals who want to make a contribution to the nationwide vaccination effort could achieve this. (MOH)