Prior to being turned away from the Loyola Hall COVID-19 vaccination center yesterday, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis’ team was advised that the center would not be able to facilitate Davis’ second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine until his records were updated, according to National COVID-19 Consultative Committee Deputy Chair Ed Fields.
Davis arrived at the hall for his second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine around 10:30 a.m. He left without taking the vaccine an hour later.
Speaking to reporters in the foyer of the hall, Davis said, “I am disappointed that I came for my second dose and I was unable to get it. There [are] some issues they said with the app – the migration.
“Apparently, the first platform that was constructed to assist in the vaccination exercise had glitches and that platform was discarded and the migration to a new platform, that exercise produced some defects.
“I’m a victim of that defect and so I’m just waiting to have that corrected.”
In a statement, Fields said, “The leader’s people were advised in writing Monday evening that we could not facilitate them Tuesday morning until we were able to update his records and that we would advise them when to come for his second dose.
“Our request for additional information remains unanswered. All persons, including the prime minister, who got second doses had confirmed second dose appointments. That is required so a vaccination certificate can be generated.”
Appointments for second doses went live on Sunday.
In a statement, which was released on Monday, the committee said, “Some residents who have already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are experiencing difficulty making an appointment for the second dose. This is due in part to the migration of data from one digital platform to another.
“Data managers are currently working to correct this issue as quickly as possible. When attempting to book a second appointment, you may receive a message advising that this is a first dose.
“Please do not accept this option as the system will be unable to generate a completion certificate confirming that both of the required vaccine doses have been received.”
It advised the public to allow the data managers time to resolve the issue.
The committee said individuals should not go to the vaccination center unless they received appointments for their second doses.
Fields said yesterday that all individuals who received their first dose will get their second dose within the prescribed time.
However, according to Davis, the government should have already sorted out any issues with the system.
“One would’ve thought that we would be able to have it right by now,” he said.
“I mean this is one year in, more than one year into this pandemic and we are at least [two] months into the vaccination exercise. One would’ve thought that by now, we would’ve been able to have it right, get it right. But, so be it, and look who it happened to.”
To date, more than 36,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas has received 87,200 doses of the vaccine. Included in that figure is the second tranche of the vaccine – 33,600 doses – which was secured through the COVAX Facility which arrived yesterday.