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Covid-19: 5,000 people have registered for vaccine

Vaccination Center: Kim Wilson, Minister of Health receives the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

More than 5,000 residents have registered for the coronavirus vaccine, the health minister revealed last night.

Kim Wilson made the announcement as it was reported that three more people had tested positive for Covid-19 but the number of active cases had fallen to 75.

Ms Wilson warned that registration for the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine - of which Bermuda currently has a supply sufficient for about 4,500 people - did not guarantee an appointment at the moment.

The first supplies of the vaccine will be given out on a priority decided by medical staff, she said.

Ms Wilson added: “When you submit your registration form, you will receive an auto-generated submission receipt.

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

“Every submission will be replied to and there is no need for you to resubmit.”

She asked for the public to be patient as appointments are given out.

The new cases of the coronavirus were logged yesterday, health officials announced.

The three positive cases reported yesterday were among 643 test results that came back to the health ministry.

A case came in from overseas – a resident who arrived last Saturday on the American Airlines flight from Miami.

The individual tested positive on their Day 4 test.

The second case was classed as on-island transmission with a known contact.

The third case, a resident with no known link to infected people or recent travel history, is under investigation.

A total of 12 people have recovered from infection since the last update.

There are 75 active cases, with 69 monitored by public health officials.

Six people are in hospital but none are in intensive care.

The island has logged a total of 670 cases of Covid-19 with 583 people recovered and 12 deaths.

There have been 460 on-island transmissions and 184 cases came in from overseas.

A total of 389 of the on-island cases had known contacts, 71 had unknown contacts and 26 are under investigation.

One case has moved from being under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.54 and Bermuda’s country status remains at “clusters of cases”.

Ms Wilson also clarified an earlier statement that people already infected with the virus, or quarantined as a close contact, could not get the vaccine at present.

Ms Wilson said: “If you have recently returned from overseas, you cannot be vaccinated until you receive a negative Day 14 test.

“If you are in quarantine for any reason, you cannot be vaccinated until you receive a negative Day 14 test.”

“If you have tested positive at any time previously, and are not currently in quarantine, you can get the vaccine.”

Ms Wilson reminded people to continue to get tested.

She said that the number of cases a day had dropped.

But Ms Wilson warned: “We do not want people to become complacent and let their guard down”.

She added tests were administered by appointment only.

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Published January 16, 2021 at 10:16 am (Updated January 16, 2021 at 10:21 am)

Covid-19: 5,000 people have registered for vaccine

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