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8246 have received 1st dose of COVID vaccine in VI- Hon Malone

- said VI needs to open up but persons must get vaccinated
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has urged Virgin Islanders to get vaccinated so the Virgin Islands can achieve herd immunity and move to a pre-COVID-19 era. Photo: Facebook.
Monthly statistics has revealed that 4068 units of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered during the month of February, 3790 in March and 388 units so far in April. Photo: Internet Source/File
Monthly statistics has revealed that 4068 units of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered during the month of February, 3790 in March and 388 units so far in April. Photo: Internet Source/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “It is time that we open up. We agree, it is time that we further allow our approved protocols to take effect. It is time that our lives and our economy be returned to the pre-COVID-19 era, the pre-Irma and Maria era, an era we now refer to as the new regular,” stated Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) as he urged Virgin Islanders to get vaccinated.

Herd immunity the goal

According to the Health Minister in a COVID-19 update this evening, April 5, 2021, 70 percent to 80 percent of the VI being vaccinated and attaining herd immunity will make the difference.

He said as of today, 8246 first doses have been administered, with 6971 on Tortola, 1118 on Virgin Gorda, 68 on Jost van Dyke and 89 on Anegada.

4068 units administered

Monthly statistics he said reveal that 4068 units were administered during the month of February, 3790 in March and 388 units so far in April.

The plan now is to get into the community to inform and educate persons on the benefits of taking the shots as further delays can also mean the vaccines would expire.

Noting that the VI is fortunate to receive 32, 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Hon Malone said the first shipment of vaccine will expire in early May, the second shipment in early June and third in early July.

‘We are almost there’

Hon Malone said Government has reallocated millions of dollars to build the infrastructure and increase the human resource capacity required to get everyone to “this pivotal moment.”

“We have followed the science to get us here, we must follow the science to reopen our borders, reopen our schools, return to quarantine free travel, fill our hotel rooms, sail our yachts and end all curfews.

“We are almost there.”

50 Responses to “8246 have received 1st dose of COVID vaccine in VI- Hon Malone”

  • fact (05/04/2021, 21:14) Like (85) Dislike (17) Reply
    Piss poor job! If they had let the medical people take the lead with dealing with covid from the onset instead of turning into a political dog and pony show we would be farther ahead. Nobody wants to hear from a Minister about medical decisions and science. Get a grip and let the professionals be at the forefront and do their jobs.
    • Real Simple (05/04/2021, 22:13) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      Spot on!
    • @ fact (06/04/2021, 00:29) Like (14) Dislike (17) Reply
      Nobody want to hear from the doctors pushing their agenda either when scientists themselves aren’t sure about the vaccine side effects.

      Now it’s published that it’s expected to get taken every year as a result of different strains of the virus.
      • Peaches (06/04/2021, 08:36) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        That means more money for the pharmaceutical companies and more deaths.
      • duh (06/04/2021, 10:50) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
        Of course it will have to be modified every year and will need to continue until natural attenuation occurs (mutations that allow the virus to coexist with us in a benign manner). If you don't understand what I am saying, please do an BSc in immunology, get your MD and then specialize in infectious diseases.
        That is why we have to reformulate the flu vaccine every year too.
        Take a month off facebook and watch your IQ climb 20 points.
      • tom (07/04/2021, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        what are you talking about? what are they not sure about? the fact it needs adjustment every X period ... that was known from day zero. What they didnt know and still dont know is how long will it last ...

        this is not different from the flue shoot ...every year there is a new shoot trying to predict the virus of the season.

        so that is a fact. If you say not to regular vaccination then my friend you are suggesting the continues closure
    • ok (06/04/2021, 07:08) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
      @facts I meant at C***y! Ok ok I get it! Only you and your drugs goons and ratchet supporters knows how to handle and deal with this thing call COVID. Anyone else try it’s just a waste of time. I’m sure his notes are all from his medical team. You’ll just salty and ungrateful and can never be pleased
  • Joker (05/04/2021, 21:19) Like (34) Dislike (43) Reply
    Let them expire, ain’t nobody with common sense want that poison, I rather jump off a cliff strap to 5 concrete blocks than to take that thing
  • Yes (05/04/2021, 21:25) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
    Can you. Imagine if we were like Gibraltar and helped to lead the world with herd immunity. We would be a top beautiful destination in this new world.
  • ccc (05/04/2021, 21:33) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Keep pushing
  • AstraZeneca Vaccine Renamed Vaxzevria (05/04/2021, 21:59) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    The British-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca announced that the COVID-19 vaccine, in conjunction with the British University of Oxford, has been renamed Vaxzevria.

    As reported in The Brussels Times, the name change was approved on March 25 following a request from the company and was announced on the website of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and that of the Swedish National Medicines Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

    The new name does not imply a change in the formula of the vaccine, according to the Läkemedelsverket, but there will be a new labeling and packaging of the drug.

    Vaxzevria is made up of another virus (of the adenovirus family) that has been modified to contain the gene for making a protein from SARS-CoV-2.

    The adenovirus, called C68, was originally isolated from a mesenteric lymph node of a chimpanzee and shown to replicate in a number of primate-derived cell lines.

    Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness. They can cause cold-like symptoms, fever, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye (conjunctivitis).

    The European Medicines Agency did not rule out an association with rare cases of blood clots in vessels draining the blood from the brain known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

    CVST, though rare, has been associated with pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives. "That's one of the things that we will be further investigating in the near future," said Sabine Straus, chair of EMA's safety committee.

    Investigations are still underway on the blood clot related issues and deaths following vaccination and should be updated this week.

    • Stop the Manipulation (06/04/2021, 08:04) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      People bragging of no side effects while others silently admitting they experienced a severe reaction to this vaccine.

      These people who are bragging about nothing happening in a day, week, month after taking it, blindly not thinking of the negative effects that could occur long term quick to speak about the risk of not taking it.

      Do you not understand that it is not permanent immunity and may have to be taken yearly? It is not even a surety you won’t become infected and spread it.

      If people wondering whether so many people especially children diagnosed with the dreadful disease of cancer is linked to foods, why shouldn’t those who are cautious of getting this vaccine that was developed a few months ago be allowed to decide for their own bodies.

      There are books that speak about certain foods affecting certain blood types, allergic reactions to certain medicine, etc., celebrities and people in general have spoken out about vaccines possibly linked to other conditions and developmental issues and this has been spoken about for years.

      Would you say to those who died after this vaccine...thanks for taking that bullet and being a tester at least it wasn’t you and you all these years when have you heard news of someone dying from a routine vaccine shot.

      Focus on protecting your bodies; let others protect theirs otherwise.
      • Rubber Duck (06/04/2021, 18:35) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Don’t take it. Increase your chance of dying. No one cares.
    • good (06/04/2021, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      I knew all of this and still take the vaccine, had my doubts at first but after taking it not so much doubt, still taking the second dose, in my opinion is not a big deal if you don't take same as if you do take. Covid is about 2 percent deadly maybe open up the place and let the strong get herd immunity and give a short time for the weak to get the jab.
      • @ good (06/04/2021, 10:28) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
        That’s you now those of you stop trying to force people to do what you do
  • oh ho (05/04/2021, 22:17) Like (35) Dislike (17) Reply
    I will stay among the 20% that will not take it
    • Rubber Duck (05/04/2021, 22:52) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
      Your funeral.
      • Peaches (06/04/2021, 08:49) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
        @Runner Duck you are such a fool. It seems that Bill Gates himself will have to come and tell of you all fools what his wicked plans with these vaccines are before you all wise up. The level of stupidity is very concerning around the world.
        • Rubber Duck (06/04/2021, 15:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

          It is really difficult to believe that $%%^&& as dumb as you are walking around unaided

          • @rubber duck (07/04/2021, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            We thought people like you never ventured pass your basements of dead bodies? What are you doing down here in the sunshine reigns of the world?
      • @rubber duck (07/04/2021, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why don't you go to the UK and live your life contented in that society, you obviously have issues with the leadership and people of these lands. You should go live among those of your kind....'the racist psychopaths'.
    • @oh ho (05/04/2021, 23:00) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes me and you both
  • x (05/04/2021, 22:27) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    hmmm so is reason to give 2nd dose at 10 weeks because its just about gone off...I thought it was best to get 2nd dose at 12 weeks...
  • Hmm (05/04/2021, 22:55) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
    I will be one of those ppl who get tested between 6th to the 8th. I hate feeling pressured and I tend to rebel when I do. Why did they send so many of the Astra Zeneca? I understand some other vaccines require a unique sub-zero temperature...but if i had to leave here to get it, I would. I prefer having options. I also prefer not feeling cornered; peer pressure has long been a thing of the past for me.

    Since you are all are giving statistics, have you jabbed all the seniors on the home? All the people admitted to the hospital will they have to be jabbed too? Cut no corners and give the full stats.

    It's so weird that you would come the day before mass testing to inform us of these stats. So weird indeed...

    Oh, and the word 'HERD' just makes us sound like cattle. Just saying!
    • @hmm (06/04/2021, 09:23) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
      You do understand that there are not a surplus of vaccines going around? we are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to vaccinate such a large percentage of our community. It will be YEARS (if ever) before they have a selection of different vaccines for you to choose from. That kind of attitude is entitled and exactly why we as a country will end up behind the rest of the pack even though right now we have got the tools to be at the forefront of the vaccination process. The selfishness of some people in our society has NEVER been as obvious as it is now. People are literally watching other struggle to feed their children and then responding with 'not my problem... I want to be able to choose'..... there is no regard for our brothers and sisters who are suffering. No regard for our neighbors. This is a disgrace.
  • Who can (05/04/2021, 23:29) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Tell me the bible not real ...we it speaks of these times and people of greed ...lord have mercy on them for there no not wat there have done ...
  • Canadian (06/04/2021, 00:41) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Read their news concerning this vaccine …
  • ASKING (06/04/2021, 00:53) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where in this vaccine does it say protected and can’t spread this virus?
    When will some people understand this?
    • @asking (06/04/2021, 09:30) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      No vaccine in the world is 100% effective against any virus. So those you had when you were small - you can still catch the illness. What is does is GREATLY REDUCE THE RISK - when will some people understand this? Maybe you need it in simpler terms.... We are all at risk of being in a car accident everyday - BUT if a person chooses to play on a highway they have an INCREASED RISK to those who choose to stay in their own yard. YES it is possible a car could lose control, come off the road, through the fence and hit them in their yard.... but its not as likely as the person playing on the highway. To add to this... the person playing on the highway (because they have a right to choose where they play) is also putting themselves at a much higher risk of serious harm because of the speed at which the cars are travelling - so if they did get hit then there is a MUCH HIGHER RISK that they will die or have life changing injuries.... I know what you're thinking...what kind of stupidness is this about playing on a highway... Guess what.... No vaccine? You're the one on the highway my friend!
    • 007 (06/04/2021, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are a simple minded poltroon. Look at the figures from Israel ( all you bible freaks should find that significant) and the UK. As vaccinations go up, infections and deaths go down.

      Wtf do you think the point of vaccinations is ?

      How do you think vaccinations eradicated ( that means got rid of ) polio, yellow fever, smallpox?

  • rattie (06/04/2021, 01:54) Like (17) Dislike (10) Reply
    The little bvi has too much fools thinking like trump
  • usvi (06/04/2021, 01:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep them wishing they doing a good job while our economy blooming
  • Take your pick (06/04/2021, 06:30) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Vaccinate or lockdown. Take your pick.
  • The hold out (06/04/2021, 07:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Going soon reach the top of the meltdown...claude know why he cry so ....we the one below know how already comfortable to live through rough the big ones them can survive on a dallor a day ...let's see how long the greedy can hold out for in poverty....yes poverty it soon to all doors now of the fortunate ones
  • @the,hold out (06/04/2021, 08:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let them burn down there own city economically and flood it with poverty...playing along side thr game of the elites one trying fit in ..greedy set of fools ...a only we know how that go..
  • wellness (06/04/2021, 08:45) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    For me or my company to employ someone, he or she has to be fully vaccinated likewise my current employee -all must be vaccinated .
  • @ RUBBER DUCK (06/04/2021, 09:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • T (06/04/2021, 12:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why they refuse to admit that astral zeneca jabs have serious around the world. They still forcing this astra on people.
  • Be aware of 007 (07/04/2021, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    007 got no good interest of humanity..please pay him no mind as if he the devil him self ....
  • @007 (07/04/2021, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isreal ...hmm the one set of wicked people there place on the peace of the land stolen from

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