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Premier to be among the first to get coronavirus jab

A sample of the Pfizer vaccine (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

The Premier will be among the the first to get a coronavirus vaccination tomorrow at a special medical centre set up to deliver the jabs.

The Pfizer vaccine, which arrived in Bermuda on Friday from the UK, will go to the first recipients at 10am.

David Burt will join Kim Wilson, the health minister, and Carika Weldon, the Government’s scientific adviser on coronavirus testing, to get the vaccination at the Prospect, Devonshire centre at 1pm.

Heather Armstrong, the senior medical officer, will be at the centre to outline the vaccination process.

A hotline for information and registration has been set up at 444-2498 and will operate Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

A ministry spokesman said priority will be given according to age and vulnerability.

People who fit into high-risk categories can call to register for the vaccine, with people aged 65 and older invited to sign up.

Preference will be given to people older than 80.

The “clinically extremely vulnerable” category includes people with suppressed immune systems, such as patients who have had chemotherapy or an organ transplant.

It also covers people with severe asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, or people suffering heart disease, chronic kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes.

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Published January 10, 2021 at 7:36 pm (Updated January 10, 2021 at 7:34 pm)

Premier to be among the first to get coronavirus jab

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