The Bahamas has been informed by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) that it will obtain 33,600 jabs of the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine through the COVAX Facility this week.
The consignment represents the first tranche of a total of 100,800 jabs earmarked for The Bahamas and pre-paid through the PAHO Revolving Fund.
The Bahamas secured its first batch of coronavirus vaccines on 10 March 2021, which included 20,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Administration of India to the people of The Bahamas.
Since the COVID-19 immunization program began on 14 March 2021, more than 7,000 shots of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in New Providence and Grand Bahama.
The highest number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered on a single day totalled more than 1,000.
To date, 63 percent of those who have received the vaccine are over the age of 60. Others include healthcare workers and staff of the uniformed branches. Forty-two percent of persons who received the vaccine were male, and 58 percent, female.
Vaccinations will continue on New Providence and Grand Bahama from Monday 29 March through Wednesday 31 March and on Eleuthera from Tuesday 30 March through Thursday 1 April.
On New Providence, vaccinations will continue for staff of the uniformed branches only, on Monday 29 March and Tuesday 30 March at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Rd.
Uniformed branches include the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force, COVID Ambassadors, Bahamas Department of Corrections, Bahamas Customs and the Department of Immigration.
On Wednesday, 31 March, appointments at Loyola Hall will be open to the staff of the judiciary, unformed staff branches, healthcare workers and members of the general public over the age of 60.
To receive a vaccine at Loyola Hall, an appointment is required. Vaccinations will continue at the Church of God of Prophecy, East Street, from Monday 29 March through Wednesday 31 March for residents 60 and older, healthcare workers and staff of the uniformed branches.
On Grand Bahama, the focus of the vaccination effort will be on the East and West ends of the island at the start of the week and will continue at the Susan J. Wallace Community Center, beginning mid-week.
On New Providence and Grand Bahama, mobile units will also provide vaccinations to nursing homes and other residential facilities this week.
On the island of Eleuthera, including Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered starting with healthcare workers, residents over the age of 60, and staff of the uniformed branches, beginning Tuesday 30 March through Thursday 1 April.
Clinic administrators will notify residents of Eleuthera of vaccination centre locations and times.
The national vaccination program will resume following the Easter holidays. A schedule of locations and eligible priority groups will be shared with the public in the coming days.