Prospect vaccine centre to close before Bermuda College clinic opens
Bermuda’s first Covid-19 vaccination centre at Prospect is to close tomorrow, it was revealed last night.
Anyone scheduled for a vaccination appointment at Prospect after Saturday – either the first or second dose – was told to go to the Bermuda College centre at the time and day scheduled.
The closure means the island will have two vaccination centres – not the three heralded at the start of the month.
The news came as Government House announced the third shipment of Covid-19 vaccine from Britain will amount to 9,750 doses.
A spokeswoman confirmed that the Pfizer vaccine was expected to arrive on a British Airways flight towards the end of the month.
She said: “This third batch will contain another 9,750 doses of the vaccine along with ancillary equipment and has again been provided by the UK Government at no cost to Bermuda.
“With this shipment, Bermuda will have received a total of 39,000 doses from the UK.”
Rena Lalgie, the Governor, added: “The strong working relationship between all the parties involved, both in Bermuda and in the UK, has been instrumental in the procurement and distribution of the Pfizer vaccine for the island.
“I commend all those involved – the doctors, nurses, technicians, soldiers and others – for all their hard work in distributing the vaccine to the people of Bermuda.”
Ms Lalgie said: “While the vaccine is a significant step in Bermuda’s recovery from Covid-19, we must all remain vigilant and continue to follow the Covid-19 safety measures outlined by the Government of Bermuda.”
David Burt, the Premier, said on Tuesday that the next consignment of vaccine from the UK was expected to arrive on February 25.
He told the public: “If you are eligible, register for the vaccine today.
“Attend your appointments when given and receive both shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to ensure it is fully effective.
“Avail yourself of the free testing for residents.
“Adhere to the regulations that are in place to keep us safe and download the WeHealth app.”
Mr Burt said that information about rule changes for people who were vaccinated and travelled to Bermuda would be announced next Tuesday.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said this week that the aim was to have a third of the population vaccinated by the end of next month.
She added that a new Covid-19 vaccination centre will open at the Bermuda College campus in Paget next Monday.
Ms Wilson said on Tuesday: “The target for the initial vaccination centre at the Prospect Police Club was to administer 200 doses per day and I am happy to report that we have continually met and exceeded that target – frequently administering more than 400 doses a day.
“Similarly, the target for the second vaccination centre at the King Edward Memorial Hospital was 200 and again I am pleased to report that we are also exceeding that target with close to 250 a day.
“With additional doses received from the UK, new targets are in the process of being set, and I am sure with the continued efforts of the hard-working team at the ministry, we will meet those targets too.”
She added that the centre at Bermuda College could accommodate ten vaccination stations – compared to six at the Prospect Police Recreation Club.
It will also be able to open from 8am to 8pm, if needed.
Ms Wilson said tonight the island had recorded no new coronavirus infections out of 293 test results.
One case has recovered from the illness, which left seven active infections.
There are four being monitored by public health officials and three are in hospital, but none in intensive care.
The island’s number of cases remained at 694.
• UPDATE: This article has been updated to show that anyone who had an appointment for vaccination – first or second dose – at the Prospect police club after Saturday should attend Bermuda College at their scheduled time.