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Barbados – CMO: Pfizer vaccine for select groups first

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(Barbados Today) – The Pfizer vaccine will be introduced into the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 from Thursday, but Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George said it will be rolled out in a short “trial run” among select groups before it is made available to the general public, including children 12 years and older.

“It’s going to be a limited rollout. We are doing some individuals like recruits from the Barbados Defence Force and other small groups as a trial run,” he revealed Wednesday night during the final town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination and testing, held at the Combermere School.

“Then later next week, we will proceed to the general population, with a view to shortly, once the Ministry of Education is happy and we go through a few steps, to invite younger individuals to have the vaccines that are approved in persons 12 years and older,” Dr George added.

He noted that those seeking to be inoculated against the contagion are required to make an appointment via www.vaccine.gov.bb, adding that they would be given the option to choose their preferred vaccine.

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