by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws confirmed receipt of additional COVID-19 vaccines to aid in the continued fight against the pandemic.
“The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis over the past two days received the third tranche of the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccines from the United States Government; so, over these past two days, we received a total of 18,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccines.”
According to Dr Laws, 3,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccines, donated by the CARICOM Secretariat are expected to arrive in the Federation today, Thursday, February 17, 2022.
Within the period of one year, St. Kitts and Nevis has received several donations of COVID-19 vaccines to complement the “Roll Up 2 Roll Out” Vaccination Campaign.
April 7, 2021, St. Kitts and Nevis received 21,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, followed by a donation of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines from the United States Government. Followed by 11,700 vaccines arriving on August 11, 2021 and providing a second vaccine option to the people of the Federation. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines were rolled out for the first time on September 1, 2021 and children in St. Kitts and Nevis between the ages of 12 and 17 became eligible to receive the vaccine.
On Thursday, December 9, another donation of COVID-19 vaccines arrived on our shores. It was 6,300 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. That shipment was the second donation received from the United States Government.
Since the start of the vaccine campaign for adults in February 2021, 82.4 percent of the adult population has received a first dose of a COVID-19 approved vaccine, while 77 percent have received a second dose. 9 percent of the adult population, an equivalent of 2,975 adults, are boosted.
As of yesterday (February 16), 18.3 percent of children between ages 12 and 17 have received a first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine and 16.5 percent have received a second dose.
A total of 26,241 persons are fully vaccinated in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.