Covid-19: Almost 8,000 people register for vaccinations
Almost 8,000 people have registered their interest in being vaccinated, the health minister revealed tonight.
Kim Wilson made the announcement as it was reported that no new cases of Covid-19 were reported today and the number of active cases had fallen to 61.
Ms Wilson said the drop in cases and the lack of community spread was welcome, but did not mean people should not continue to get vaccinated or tested.
She said the Ministry of Health received 875 test results, all negative, and that eight cases had recovered.
Ms Wilson added: "Almost 8,000 people have registered their interest to be vaccinated. I want to thank those who have already registered and remind people that you do not need to register yet if you are not in Priority Group 1(A) or 1(B).
“All submissions must be reviewed manually by the medical team and then appointments are scheduled based on age and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable.
“As well, people who are registering online must use their legal name to do so. Not your nickname, not your middle name or an initial. Please, for the sake of accuracy, use your legal given name.
"As we receive more doses of the vaccine, we will be moving to the next phase in the allocation strategy which can be found on www.gov.bm/vaccines, and this will be widely communicated to the public."
"Our goal is for 19,000 residents to be administered both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of March which equates to 36 per cent of the population who are eligible to be administered the vaccine at this time (16 and over).
“This is an aggressive goal, but with your help, one we know we can meet."
Ms Wilson also reminded members of the public to get tested for the coronavirus.
She added: "Testing, along with rigorous contact tracing, is essential in protecting our community against the novel coronavirus.
"I am quite pleased that the daily positive cases are reducing and we do not have community spread, but we must continue testing. There are persons out there who may have mild or no symptoms of the coronavirus, and they could be infected and spreading the virus."
"Testing is free, and there are plenty of testing slots available. If you haven't already, get tested so that you can know your status.“
she said of the 61 active cases, of which 56 are under public health monitoring, five are in hospital and none are in critical care.
Since March of last year, Bermuda has recorded 684 total confirmed cases of Covid-19; out of those, 611 persons have recovered and 12 people have died as a result of the virus.
The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years), and the ages range from less than one year to greater than 100 years.
The mean age of all currently active cases is 47 years (median: 47 years), and the ages range from less than 20 years (age group: 10 to 19 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80 to100 years).
The mean age of all currently hospitalised cases is 69 years (median: 76 years), and the ages range from less than 50 years (age group: 40 to 49 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80 to100 years).
The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years), and the ages range from less than 60 years (age group: 50 to 59 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80 to 100 years).
Of all cases 195 are imported and 472 are classified as local transmission. Of those local cases, 392 are local transmission with known contact/source and 80 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source while 17 are under investigation
As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.
Of the 150,000 plus test results reported, the mean age of all persons tested is 43 years (median: 42 years), and the ages range from less than one year to greater than 100 years.
The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.33) and Bermuda's current country status remains "Clusters of Cases".
There is Covid-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island.
Bookings can be made at online at https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-get-tested or call the Covid-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9am to 9pm.