COVID-19: Barbados aims to vaccinate over 10,000 people every week

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Barbados: Prime Minister – Mia Amor Motley is taking the target to vaccinate at least 10,000 people every week for the upcoming five weeks, as she noted that fastening the vaccination drive with this pace will assist the nation in achieving its target of herd immunity soon.

With this, the Prime Minister has also announced that the curfew measures and other restrictions will be lessened and then, at the right time, will be lifted. For now, weekly, a total of 6,500 individuals are getting vaccinated.

Currently, Barbados is under a 9 pm to 5 am curfew Mondays to Saturdays and a 6 pm to 5 am curfew on Sundays.

Prime Minister stated that “Barbados is going in the right direction, but the; overall rate’ does need still some pumping up, it is – still a little bit too low.” With this, she further urged the population to get their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Following the statement, she emphasized that “Let us agree to propose to get as close to 10,000 persons per week being vaccinated. If we all can do that, and we can maintain that each week for the next 5 weeks, then we would have the majority of those individuals fully vaccinated prior to the end of November month, before – Independence Day and Christmas, such that we may, as a nation, consider then the options of important review and removal of restrictions that we have in place.”

“There will then be a clear and justifiable case for the Barbados government to take to the doctors & the public health specialists that would allow us to gradually to remove the restrictions gradually.

So far, about 125,000 people have received at least their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the statistics, so far, there are a total of 6,631 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, while a total of 60 people lost their lives to the deadliest mutant.