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Lieutenant Chris Matvey of the RBR volunteers as part of a dry run vaccination exercise on Tuesday (Photograph supplied)
The Ministry of Health carries out a dry run vaccination exercise on Tuesday (Photograph supplied)

The first Covid-19 vaccinations will be administered next Monday after a successful dry run to test the system.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “I am pleased with how the exercise was conducted.

“As with any trial run, minor adjustments were made to ensure next week’s vaccination process flows safely and efficiently.”

The test vaccinations were held at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday.

A Government spokeswoman today refused to reveal where the vaccination centre will be based.

The first vaccinations will be given healthcare staff and other essential workers, as well as vulnerable elderly people, on a voluntary basis.

Priority groups include fire fighters, police officers, prison officers, ports and airport staff and teachers.

Ms Wilson said: “Also starting on Monday, there will be a mobile team who will be visiting Bermuda’s rest homes and long-term care facilities to administer the first batch of the vaccine to seniors who give their consent.”

The vaccine will be given in two doses, with the second administered three weeks after the first injection.

Both doses are needed for the vaccine to be effective.

The Ministry of Health has also organised a “Vaccine Awareness – Join the Conversation“ session on the Government’s Facebook page and CITV, which will be broadcast on Saturday at 6pm.

Ms Wilson said: The ministry recognises there are those in Bermuda who may have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general.

“This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals.”

For more information, visit www.gov.bm/vaccines

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Published January 07, 2021 at 1:49 pm (Updated January 07, 2021 at 1:59 pm)

First Covid-19 shots to be given on Monday

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