Kim Wilson: all Pfizer first doses were used before expiry
Government delivered more than 2,500 vaccines before the June 8 deadline without shots being wasted.
The last batch of Pfizer vaccines received by the island expire at the end of the month, which meant the first doses needed to be delivered by June 8 to ensure they would still be available for the second shot.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “We actually exceeded that number, so it’s fortuitous we are getting more from the UK next week.
“We did not have to discard any of the doses and exceeded 2,500 by quite a number.”
She said the Ministry will recommence delivering first doses this week in advance of the next shipment of 4,680 jabs, set to arrive on island from the UK next Thursday.
Ms Wilson urged those who are interested in receiving the vaccine to register online at gov.bm to get an appointment.
She said next week’s shipment will not be the last as the UK Government has said it will continue to supply vaccines to Bermuda as long as the need and demand exists.
Ms Wilson said 55.4 per cent of the whole population was now fully immunised while a further 8.6 per cent have had one dose.
She added that 72 per cent of the eligible population - people over the age of 12 - had received their first shot, while 62 per cent were fully immunised.
Ms Wilson encouraged those who have not received the vaccine to talk to their doctors so they can make an informed decision.
The Close to Home mobile vaccination programme is set to resume at Sandys Middle School on Thursday.
The programme will move to the National Sports Centre on Saturday and the Shelly Bay Market Place next Tuesday.
Ms Wilson said: “Currently, the Close to Home programme is administering second doses only.
“If you had your first dose at Sandys Secondary Middle School, please remember to get your second jab this Thursday.”
Those who need a ride to the mobile vaccination centre can call 533-5903 between 10am and 1.30pm.