Bridgetown, Barbados: The Ministry of Health informed the general public that now booster doses of the Pfizer and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines will be administered in the country.
At present time, the jab of AstraZeneca vaccine is only given as a booster dose.
Health Ministry further noted that the citizens who have received their second injection six months ago are eligible for the booster shot. The booster dose may be of the same COVID-19 vaccine and another.
The citizens who will come to the COVID-19 vaccination sites must be required to come with their blue vaccination cards or electronic certificates in order to receive their third shot.
Children who fall in between the age group of 12 to 18 years may visit any centre or pop-up clinic to receive their jabs of the Pfizer vaccine. While the individuals who are willing to take their first jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to come along with their identification cards at the vaccination centres.
The booster dose is only available for individuals who are 18 years old are above.
As per the COVID-19 statistics, so far, in total, 150,015 individuals in the Caribbean island have received their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine (which is around 52.2 percent of the population), while, on the other hand, a total of 129,280 individuals have received their second jabs of the coronavirus and are now fully vaccinated (which is around 45 percent of its total population).
On November 9, 2021, the island recorded 411 coronavirus cases taking the total number of active infections to 4,643. More than 183 individuals have lost their lives to the deadliest virus.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 mutant, 20,600 confirmed cases had been reported in the Caribbean island.
Health Ministry further encouraged the unvaccinated citizens to come forward and take their jabs of the vaccine ‘as soon as possible’, so that the island could get back to normalcy.