(BVI News) Health Minister Carvin Malone has announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be available for persons under 18 during the fall of this year.
Fall (autumn) begins in September each year.
During an April 5 national broadcast, Minister Malone said although children will be prioritized later this year, they only make up 20 percent of the BVI’s population and have a smaller role to play in achieving herd immunity and revitalizing the economy.
“Adults make up 80 percent of our population and if possible, we need the entire 80 percent to get vaccinated so that we can begin to normalise our everyday activities and begin the process of revitalising our economy. Vaccinations for persons under 18 — children — will not be available until the fall. So it is really up to the adult population to do their part and get vaccinated now,” Minister Malone explained.
The minister revealed that as of April 5, some 8,246 persons have received their first AztraZeneca dose.