Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville said yesterday that some doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine were discarded.
He previously indicated that some 20,000 doses of the vaccine were set to expire at the end of 2021.
“All of the doses of vaccines that went into expiration, they have been discarded,” Darville said when asked for an update on the matter.
“It is as simple as that. Vaccines that have been expired are of no more value. It’s unfortunate but Bahamian people’s appetite for Johnson & Johnson was not what we initially expected.
“And, so, life goes on. We have to continue the vaccination program and we need to really encourage Bahamians everywhere to get vaccination — those who have not — and then for those who want their boosters, our sites are open.”
Darville was unable to say how many doses were discarded.
He said the government does not expect to secure any additional doses of the vaccine.
“I will speak with the [National] Vaccine Consultative Committee to see exactly what the next step will be,” Darville said.
The Bahamas launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in March 2021.
Since then, it has obtained more than 300,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer.
Darville said last month that the government was “making progress” in using the doses of Johnson & Johnson that were set to expire.
“Some of the Johnson & Johnson was sent to another country,” he said.