The Bahamas is expected to receive roughly 130,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the United States in early November, according to Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville.
“We are pleased with the response to the vaccine so far,” Darville said yesterday.
“We are also pleased that our vaccination centers are now taking more appointments now that we’ve gotten the 57,000 doses of Pfizer.
“I’m also pleased from a meeting that I had earlier this morning that things are going very well for the American donation – the second tranche – and that is good news for us. I believe we expect it early next month but I don’t want to give a date because that has not been finalized.”
The vaccines are the second shipment of nearly 400,000 doses promised by the United States.
In August, The Bahamas received the first tranche of 128,700 doses, which was also the first shipment of Pfizer vaccines in country.
The donated vaccines account for a majority of the more than 500,000 doses of three vaccines – Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Pfizer – secured by The Bahamas thus far.
As of Saturday, a total of 255,085 doses of the COVID vaccines were administered to people in The Bahamas.
More than 127,500 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
Ed Fields, who serves as deputy chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee, said yesterday that he is hopeful that 200,000 people can be fully vaccinated by the end of the year.
“I’m not promising that,” he said.
“I’m not guaranteeing that. But that is certainly a very realizable objective. By the end of November, I anticipate we can be very easily close to 160,000, 160,000-plus, which now means that we only have 30,000 [or] 40,000 folks more to fully vaccinate to get to that 200,000 mark.”
Once The Bahamas reaches the 200,000 mark, it would have vaccinated 50 percent of its total population, according to Fields.
He said that would represent 60 percent of the individuals eligible to receive the vaccine.
The national vaccination campaign has been ongoing since March.
Individuals over the age of 12 are eligible to receive the vaccine in The Bahamas.