If vaccination against COVID-19 is the key to the safe reopening of the BVI economy, then more testing centres should be made available across the territory to make the jabs more accessible to all residents.
That’s the view of Chaunci Cline, one of the leaders of the BVI Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association’s (BVICCHA). Currently the BVI has under 10 vaccination centres open between 10 am and 3 pm across the territory.
The government has also arranged for medical officials to administer vaccines by appointment on Anegada and Jost Van Dyke once 10 persons are available.
But Cline said the government needs to make a bigger effort to put the vaccine in front of residents.
“We can’t assume that everybody’s available between 10 and 3 Mondays through Fridays. We should have vaccinations booths, we should have an all-out concerted effort on every turn on this island. Drive-through vaccination – whatever it takes. If it’s key to the economy then we got to bolster the resources to ensure that people have all the necessary access,” Cline suggested in a recent interview with 284 Media.
Recently Health Minister Carvin Malone said the government would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some private healthcare providers to administer COVID-19 jabs to residents free of cost.
So far, more than $7,000 persons have taken the AstraZeneca jabs that are available in the BVI.
The numbers are climbing slowly and amid calls for the public to move swiftly in getting vaccinated, some persons are still hesitant to take the vaccine which was developed in under a year.
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