With enough doses of covid-19 vaccines on island to inoculate over fifty percent of the population, citizens are continually being encouraged to avail themselves for vaccination.
This as the Government of Dominica, through the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment continues the rollout of a massive and comprehensive vaccination programme in the fight against Covid-19.
Seventy thousand doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccines arrived in Dominica on Tuesday, February 9 2021 from the Government of India, while twenty thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, donated by the People’s Republic of China, arrived on Thursday, March 4 2021.
As of Wednesday, March 17 2021, fourteen thousand, five hundred and eighty three people on Dominican soil have received their first dose of a covid-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit described Dominica as ‘fortunate’ as there are many countries who have no access to vaccines. He then praised the citizens who have already taken the opportunity to get vaccinated while urging others to make themselves available for the ongoing vaccination programme.
”I want to thank all of you who heeded the call to get vaccinated. It is important that we do. We are fortunate in this country that we have access to vaccines. We received 20,000 doses from China and we have 50,000 doses from our friends in India. So we are very fortunate, because there are over 130 countries in the world who have not received one dose of the vaccine. So we need to avail ourselves because this is an important defense against covid-19,” PM Skerrit explained.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Hon. Dr. Irving McIntyre encouraged citizens to continue taking advantage of the opportunity for vaccination, as this is the only way Dominica can build back with a sense of normalcy.
“Let us continue encouraging and mobilizing our friends to participate in the vaccine programme. It has been going well and I commend the public for their proactive approach to the covid-19 vaccination. This is the only way that we can get back to normalcy, with the normal social activity, economic activity, and all of the sporting activities and we can move from then on,” Dr. McIntyre stated.
The Health Minister also reminded citizens that even with the vaccination programme, citizens should continue following the protocols put in place by officials from the Ministry of Health.
Vaccinations are being administered at health centres in all seven health districts and at private homes for persons who are home bound, from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m Mondays to Fridays.