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More than 25% of population has had at least one dose of vaccine

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

More than one in four people in Bermuda have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 16 percent are fully immunised, the health ministry said last night.

The news came as the ministry reported that a single coronavirus infection was detected yesterday in a resident with no links to known cases or recent travel history. There are now 28 active cases.

The ministry said that as of Wednesday, 17,395 people had had their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, and of that number, 10,332 had received the two required for full immunisation, meaning 27 per cent of the population have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 16 percent are fully immunised.

This marks an extra 6,340 vaccinations since March 2.

There were also 2,312 online registrations for the jab from February 28 to March 6, bringing the total to 23,189.

Of those, 45 per cent identified as White, 25 per cent as Black, 19 per cent as other and 11 per cent mixed.

Yesterday’s new case, the only one out of out of the 423 latest test results for the virus, is under investigation.

The island now has 28 active cases, all under public health monitoring, with none in hospital.

Cases of the virus now total 732, with 692 people recovered.

The death toll remains 12.

Of the total, 218 have come from overseas and 510 are classed as local transmission.

Out of the local cases, 418 have known contacts, 92 have unknown contacts and four are under investigation.

Two people have recovered since the last update on the virus.

The seven-day average of the island’s real time reproduction number is below one, and Bermuda’s country status remains at “sporadic cases”.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the Bermuda College vaccination centre would continue accepting walk-ins tomorrow, but not on Saturday.

People aged 65 and above who are unable to register for the vaccine online will be eligible.

People aged 50 and above will be accepted, but seniors will take priority.

Walk-ins are from 3pm to 6.45pm. Anyone at the vaccination centre after 6.45pm will be given an appointment for the next available time.

To speed the process, sign up online before your arrival at this site.

But people 50 and older who cannot register online will still be accepted for walk-in vaccinations.

Photo identification such as a driver’s licence is required.

Ms Wilson added: “We urge all persons 50 and over who have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity

“Please note that the Bermuda Hospitals Board vaccination centre is not accepting walk-ins.”

· UPDATE: Because of an editing error, this story originally reported that more than 40 per cent of the population had received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. In fact 27 per cent had

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Published March 12, 2021 at 11:50 am (Updated March 12, 2021 at 12:29 pm)

More than 25% of population has had at least one dose of vaccine

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