St Kitts and Nevis: Now, individuals will not be required to take appointments to take their shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in St Kitts and Nevis.
The announcement was done by the Health Minister of the twin-island – Akilah Byron-Nisbett, during her presentation at – September 30, 2021, Sitting of National Assembly at Parliamentary Chambers.
Byron-Nisbett stated that the Health Ministry is dedicated to removing all the barriers that come in the way to achieve herd immunity and vaccination.
She cited that, “There is now no appointment needed for vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. Persons can simply walk into the various clinics during the scheduled hours for vaccination and be vaccinated.”
“The Federation received an additional 1000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. And we are expecting some further supplies shortly. This then facilitates us offering two vaccine choices at our clinics, the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.”
The Health Centers in St. Kitts are to remain open from 9 am to 4 pm on every Saturday and on Sundays; Basseterre, Tabernacle and Old Road will remain open from 9 am to 1 pm, while all the other centres will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Encouraging the citizens to get vaccinated against the deadliest mutant, she stated that, “As more people are protected from COVID-19 through vaccination, our goals of achieving maximal closeness again, reducing travel restrictions, masking and distancing stipulations will undoubtedly be closer to attainment.”
Following the statement, she emphasized that the government alone cannot win this battle against the contagious virus and needs the support of citizens in the way by following the COVID-19 health measures such as – wearing masks, sanitizing frequently and maintaining a social distance and by vaccinating themselves.
“We need all hands on deck. We need persons to comply with the protocols; we need persons to take the vaccine. Both the non-pharmaceutical measures and the vaccines in combination save lives, and the evidence is irrefutable. Remember, the decisions we all make can be the difference between life and death,” the Health Minister stated.
So far, the government has spent around 18 million dollars in the battle against the COVID-19 virus.