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First and last: Horace Rollins was one of the first people to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Today is the last day to get the first jab of the Pfizer stock. (File photograph by Akil Simmons)
No guarantee: Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

People who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 have until today to get their first jab from the remaining stockpiles of the drug.

Supplies of the Pfizer vaccine will pass their use-by date at the end of the month.

With a three-week interval needed between the first and second shot, residents yet to receive a jab will only be guaranteed a second shot if they receive their first one by today.

David Burt, the Premier, said in a tweet yesterday: “Please note that tomorrow, June 8th, will be the last day to receive your first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

“If you wish to be vaccinated, the Bermuda College vaccination centre will be open today and tomorrow for walk-ins & scheduled appointments from 8am-8pm.”

There were about 5,000 doses of the drug in storage last week – enough to vaccinate 2,500 people.

Supplies of the vaccine have been provided free of charge by the UK since January.

It was understood that more deliveries would be made whenever Bermuda needed to be topped up.

But Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said last Thursday that there was no guarantee that stocks would be replenished by the UK.

The Royal Gazette has since asked Government several times for an update on when the next shipment will be made.

But a health department spokeswoman referred to a statement made by Ms Wilson on May 25.

Ms Wilson said then: “Once the existing batches of vaccines have expired, more will be sourced in the coming months.”

Rena Lalgie, the Governor, was also asked about the supply of vaccines from the UK, but she has yet to respond.

Just over 52 per cent of the population – 33,300 people – have received two doses of the vaccine and another 4,000 people have had one jab.

The Government said that 70 per cent of the population – about 45,000 people – had to be immunised to reach herd immunity.

Ms Wilson announced the latest vaccination figures at a last Thursday.

She said then: “Since January 11 Bermuda has administered a total of 70,731 vaccinations – a figure that rises to 71,114 if you include vaccinations on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.

“To date, 58.3 per cent of the population has been vaccinated – one dose – and 52.1 per cent of the population has been immunised – two doses.

The Government had hoped to reach herd immunity by the end of May.

But another 19,000 doses will have to be administered before that target is reached.

The 4,000 people who have had just one shot will need to receive a second before they obtain immunity.

Another 7,500 people who have had no vaccine doses at all will have to get two shots before Bermuda gets across the herd immunity finish line.

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Published June 08, 2021 at 8:06 am (Updated June 08, 2021 at 8:09 am)

Last call today for first jab from Pfizer vaccine stockpile

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