The Health and Wellness Ministry has administered over one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, ahead of its November 30 targeted timeline.
In a statement, the Ministry says the achievement comes as the country continues its vaccination programme with blitz operations at several sites across the island on the weekend.
It says as of Sunday afternoon, the country distributed a total of one million four-hundred and fifty-five doses of the Covid-19 vaccines.
The ministry says of that number, more than 553,000 were first doses, 391,782 were second doses and 55,333 were the single dose vaccine.
Portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, endorsed the efforts of the public health team in taking vaccination to the population through fixed sites, blitzes and community outreach.
The minister also endorsed the support of the private sector partners.
The health minister notes there’s still a far way to go in vaccinating most of the population.
He says the house-to-house component of the national vaccination plan, though difficult, has been reaping success.
Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.
In the meantime, the ministry says it will immediately implement the World Health Organization, WHO’s, recommendation to administer an additional dose of Covid-19 vaccine to people classified as immuno-compromised.
In a statement, the ministry says it implemented the measure following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immuno-compromised individuals by the WHO.
According to the Ministry, the WHO has defined immuno-compromised individuals as those receiving immuno-suppressive treatment to include persons with active cancer, transplant recipients, immuno-deficiency, HIV and immuno-suppressives.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, says the recommendation applies to persons who are moderately to severely immuno-compromised and are in the vaccine-eligible age group.
These persons are required to obtain a letter from their doctor, stating their eligibility and take it to the vaccination site.
The CMO says doctors who treat several of these patients should contact their parish health department for access to the vaccines to administer to their patients.
With regards to the timeframe between doses, the WHO recommends that the additional dose should be given at least a month after the second dose of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer and within three months for the Johnson and Johnson.
It says persons who are outside of this time period should get the additional dose as soon as possible.