Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday that COVID-19 vaccines will be made available in schools.
Parents and guardians will have to accompany children for vaccinations at school, according to Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville.
More than 170,000 people are fully vaccinated in The Bahamas and 159,956 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
But it is not clear how many of them have received booster shots.
So far, 192 children have been vaccinated.
The prime minister urged more parents to get their children vaccinated.
“As we see the demographics for how many children are vaccinated, we could then consider lifting the [mask requirement],” Davis said when asked about the mask mandate for children.
“We urge their parents to seek to have their children vaccinated, so that we could move to lifting the masks.
“As you quite pointed out, these are suffocating times because of the heat and we want to see how we can help to ensure that our children are comfortable, we’re all comfortable, in this environment.”
Davis said the Bahamian health system is in “a dire state of disrepair”.
He said this is why he continues to encourage people to take the vaccine.
While seemingly pointing to the high hospitalizations experienced during the
Delta wave of COVID-19 last year, Davis said he does not want “an avalanche of sick people that will burst our hospital at the seams again”.
“In keeping with that, the lifting of the masks will happen once I’m satisfied from the experts and the advice from the medical team that has been assembled and working all through the pandemic,” he said.
“When they say to me that the percentage of Bahamians vaccinated is such that we could lift the masks and that’s why I’ve been urging persons to seek to get themselves vaccinated.”