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BVI opening registration to get alternative vaccines in USVI

Health Minister Carvin Malone

Health Minister Carvin Malone said registration will likely begin today for BVI residents interested in receiving the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

According to Malone, the protocols are currently being finalised by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Ronald Georges for how the activity will be rolled out.

The Health Minister said the first trip is expected sometime early next week and vaccinations are expected to be done at a dedicated site on the island of St John in the neighbouring territory and persons are expected to leave the West End port facility to get there.

Persons are expected to telephone 284-852-7525 to register their names for the service being provided.

In the first instance, the facility is expected to be extended to persons between the ages of 12-18 years once they are accompanied by parent or guardian. 

Adults above 18 will be in the second batch, the Health Minister said.

Recently, the USVI’s Governor Albert Bryan Jr said the USVI was doing everything it could to help the BVI after a severe upsurge that saw 31 COVID-related deaths and more than 1,600 active COVID-19 cases at one stage.

The BVI has seen a significant reduction in active cases now currently standing at 584 persons and continues to be under a 7pm to 5am daily curfew.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister said if the BVI is expected to return to a state of normalcy where there are no lockdowns or curfews in place, everyone has to do their part in getting vaccinated.

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  1. SMH says:

    According to Malone, the protocols are currently being finalised by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Ronald Georges for how the activity will be rolled out.

    How about finalizing everything first, THEN opening the registration? People will NOT register for something where it’s not clear on costs, return protocols etc.

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    • Wow says:

      Just as long as tax payers money would not be used to fund it forward than the logistics. If you want to go elsewhere to take a vaccine you need to pay for travel and related cost.

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      • @Wow says:

        Children cannot take the AstraZeneca vaccine, so their only option is to get one of the others recommended for younger individuals. Since those vaccines can’t be brought to the BVI (airport runway too short) then youngsters have to travel to the USVI instead. No alternative options exist. Therefore it should be free IMHO. However, during the Live, Malone said that persons will be expected to pay.
        My questions are, (1) if adults won’t take the vaccine, are they really going to let their children take it? And (2) if children have to be accompanied by an adult, can they both get vaccinated at the same time to avoid two trips for the adult?

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        • What says:

          Half the children and a great deal of adults in the bvi are us citizens. The citizens should not have to pay.

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        • Sarah says:

          Then the adults around them should take the vaccine available in the BVI. Let’s see how many children will be going to St. John.

  2. Sarah says:

    This is total nonsense, the BVI people are to d*** entitled. Take the vaccine available.
    When persons find out the cost then they will change their minds

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    • @Sarah says:

      If kids are to return to school physically then there should be some effort to have them vaccinated where possible. The issue with this government is that they do everything in a reactive manner and don’t plan at all.

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      • @@Sarah says:

        I agree…where possible. Considerations must be made for those kids who cannot travel to US territory on account of lack of US visa…in some cases because parents don’t have either.

      • Sarah says:

        This should not fall on the responsibility of the children, the adults around them should do what is necessary to protect them

  3. smh says:

    If they want something different .. let them go to where it is offered…

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  4. !! says:

    This is crazy. Minister, people are talking nonsense to you. If they won’t take the AstraZeneca, they won’t take the Pfizer either. Don’t entertain them.

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    Effective August 2nd, 21. All Fully vaccinated arriving passengers into Britain from the US and Europe will not require to be quarantined…Key words..”US and Europe”.

  6. Listen people says:

    Most people issue was the type if vaccine. Recently the numbers among adults quadruple. Given lots want kids under 18 to get vaccinated many would take advantage of this. I would definitely given I have 2 children with a age gap. One would be able to while the other wont. I’d rather have my kids protected as we all know kids are not as responsible as we adults should be when it comes to the protocols put in place for safety. Bring it on Mr. Minister at least for the kids sake

  7. Snoppy says:

    “…Meanwhile, the Health Minister said if the BVI is expected to return to a state of normalcy where there are no lockdowns or curfews in place, everyone has to do their part in getting vaccinated.”

    So, they gonna punish us with curfew if we don’t get vaccinated?

  8. Positives says:

    It would be nice if it was free but for the price of a ferry ride to St John it is worth it to have your kids in school for September. The more teens that are vaccinated the greater chance that this will happen. What is the cost of not doing it to your education and your mental health?

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