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More than 15,000 doses of AstraZeneca administered

People 50 and over, restaurant and retail workers, and people with disabilities and their caregivers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee said yesterday. 

The committee said that up to Sunday, more than 15,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera.

People with disabilities and their caretakers can book their appointments starting today and can get the jab at the vaccination site at Stapledon School on Dolphin Drive.

Homebound, physically-challenged residents can book an appointment with the COVID-19 vaccine mobile unit by emailing deborahfox@bahamas.gov.bs or by calling 376-9017. The committee said more information on the vaccine rollout on Abaco will be released shortly. 

Those eligible to receive the vaccine also include: healthcare workers; members of the uniformed branches; teachers and staff of schools; hospitality workers; students and athletes studying or competing abroad; members of the clergy and accredited media.

The Bahamas received 53,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last month.

An additional 67,200 doses secured through the COVAX Facility are expected in country next month.

Minister of Health Renward Wells said the government is open to sourcing different vaccines, noting that he has fielded calls from many Bahamians who want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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