Antigua and Barbuda to soon get Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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Antigua and Barbuda will be receiving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine under the COVAX facility soon, giving opportunity to its citizens of choice of another vaccine to get immunized against the deadliest mutant.

The information was provided by Prime Minister Gaston Browne on his weekly radio talk show, noting that the state will acquire thousands of Moderna COVID vaccines. In the first instance, a total of 10,000 Moderna doses will be ordered. 

PM Browne cited, “We think it is important for us to expand the choice and to ensure that we have Moderna in stock.” Prime Minister is expecting that in the upcoming weeks, more residents will inoculate themselves. 

At present, the island is administering Sinopharm, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines at the vaccination centres to inoculate its population. Antigua and Barbuda has set the target to achieve herd immunity by the end of this year.   

So far, more than 100,000 doses of the WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Antigua and Barbuda.  

A few days back, the Antiguan government strictly announced that unvaccinated secondary students, teachers and other staff members would not be permitted to enter the school premises unless they are vaccinated, highlighting that this decision has been taken for their safety only. 

He emphasized that it is the responsibility of parents to assure the safety of their children and get them inoculated against COVID so that they can learn and educate themselves in a safer environment without fear of getting transmitted to the virus. 

Vaccination statistics: 

According to the statistics, there are a total of 58,497 individuals (which counts for 59.7 percent of its total population ) is vaccinated atleast with one dose of the vaccine, while on the other hand, there are a total of 52,689 individuals who have received their second dose or required amount of doses and are now fully vaccinated against the deadliest mutant(which counts for 53.8 percent of its total population).