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Vaccine centre is not accepting walk-ins, says health ministry

The Government-listed priority groups for those who wish to be vaccinated against Covid-19 (Photograph supplied)

Claims that the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre is accepting walk-ins are “absolutely not true”, a Ministry of Health spokeswoman said today.

The spokeswoman said that the health ministry was aware of social media posts that claimed the vaccination centre, located in Devonshire, was accepting people without appointments.

She added: “This is absolutely not true. Vaccinations are being given in accordance with the ministry’s Vaccine Allocation Strategy which has been shared with the media and posted online.

“Vaccinations are only given to residents who have a confirmed appointment and the Vaccination Centre is not open to walk-in traffic.”

The specialised centre opened this week after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived on the island.

The centre is currently accepting priority groups such as frontline workers and seniors who are aged 80 and older or who live in long-term care residences.

The Ministry of Health posted a form – forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine – on the Government website for members of the public interested in receiving the vaccine to register.

The ministry spokeswoman encouraged residents who have questions about whether or not they fall into a priority group should contact their physician.

She also asked the public not to register if they have received any other vaccination within the last month, have travelled and not yet received their Day 14 test, are receiving treatment for any medical conditions and have not yet talked to their doctor, or are in quarantine.

The spokeswoman added: “We would like to repeat that registering your interest does not guarantee you an appointment at this time.

“Supplies of the initial delivery of the vaccine are limited and must be allocated based on medical need.

“All submissions will be reviewed by our medical personnel and prioritised based on their assessments.

“Your submission will be kept on file and you will be contacted as appointments become available.”

A full list of priority groups can be found on the Government website.

Members of the public who fall into any of the priority groups and are interested in getting the vaccine as soon as possible should go to https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine

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Published January 13, 2021 at 3:38 pm (Updated January 13, 2021 at 3:38 pm)

Vaccine centre is not accepting walk-ins, says health ministry

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