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Active Covid-19 cases at 65, flu vaccine programme set to start

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Another 60 coronavirus cases were recorded by the Ministry of Health since its update last week, officials said today.

Results were received from 2,648 tests from October 11 to 17.

The latest figures showed 65 active cases – one less than the last update – with two people in hospital but none in intensive care. They showed that 33 of the new cases were imported.

Another 13 were said to be contracted on the island and 14 were under investigation.

The update said: “Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 18,340 coronavirus cases, out of which 18,127 have recovered, and sadly there have been 148 coronavirus-related deaths.”

Of all recorded cases, 4,205 came from overseas, 14,086 were on-island infections and 49 were classed as "under investigation“.

The health ministry told residents that from October 25, influenza vaccination will be offered through the Flu Express programme.

A government statement said: “The Flu Express will allow people to drive to a designated site and receive the flu vaccine while waiting in their car, without having to get out.

“This will make it easier for some people to access the vaccine, reduce crowds and maintain physical distancing.”

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph)

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, added: “The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu.

“It is safe and a highly effective method of preventing most cases of flu. Side effects are rare and usually mild.

“As a reminder, the chance of catching the flu, Covid-19 and other upper respiratory infections is reduced by frequent handwashing, by covering coughs and sneezes, disposing of soiled tissues, avoiding crowded places and maintaining physical distancing.”

The Department of Health will run the Flu Express from 10am to 2pm at Sandys Secondary Middle School on Tuesday, October 25; at CedarBridge Academy on Saturday, October 29; and at Penno’s Wharf on Wednesday, November 2.

People with priority who should attend the sessions include healthcare workers, caregivers and essential service workers as well as children and those aged 65 and older.

The Government said that others in priority groups were: “Any person with chronic medical conditions that are at risk of complications from the flu, eg diabetics, asthmatics and those with heart disease.

“They should inform their doctor when they have been vaccinated.”

Its statement added: “Flu injections will only be offered at the Flu Express on the specified dates, to individuals in good health without active infections.

“You will not be given the shot if: you have allergies to eggs, chicken products, or any component of the vaccine; you have had a reaction to the flu shot before; you have a fever or are unwell; you have had a seizure within the year; you currently have Covid-19 or are being quarantined due to Covid-19.

“Please dress comfortably to allow the nurse easy access to the injection site in the upper arm.

“The flu shot is $15 per person for adults and children 12 years and older. Persons over the age of 65 will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

“Please have the correct amount of cash ready during your attendance at the Flu Express.”

Credit or debit card facilities will not be available.

Consent for the vaccination can be given online at forms.gov.bm/Influenza-Vaccine-Consent.

The government statement added: “An e-mail will be sent to you and is required to be shown when you arrive for vaccination.

“If you cannot preregister, you can fill out the consent at the vaccination express location.”

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Published October 20, 2022 at 6:24 am (Updated October 20, 2022 at 6:24 am)

Active Covid-19 cases at 65, flu vaccine programme set to start

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