Due to limited supply, the COVID-19 vaccine in The Bahamas will only be available to Bahamian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 and residents in the previously identified groups, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee said last night.
The committee noted that the previously stated groups include: healthcare workers; people over 50; people with disabilities; members of the uniformed branches; teachers and staff of schools; hospitality workers; restaurant and retail workers; students and athletes studying or competing abroad; home-bound physically disabled residents; members of the clergy and accredited media.
“Proof of citizenship, permanent residency status or a work ID will be required at the vaccination site,” the committee said.
“Failure to present the requested ID will result in appointment cancellation.
“All residents will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following the arrival of additional vaccines, which are expected in-country before the end of May.
“This announcement does not apply to individuals who have received the first dose of the vaccine. All persons who have received a first dose of the vaccine will be eligible to receive the second dose. The administration of second doses are scheduled to begin on May 10.”
The Bahamas has received 53,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The committee previously said 25,692 doses of the vaccine have been administered on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Abaco.
Change due to limited supply, committee says