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Gov't to sign MoU with private health care providers to aid in vaccine rollout

- New batch of vaccines expected in VI on March 17, 2021
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL), the Memorandum of Understanding will be executed with qualified private health care providers and require them to conduct COVID-19 vaccinations at no administrative or product costs to persons or the National Health Insurance programme. Photo: VINO/File
The United Kingdom (UK) has promised to send a total of 24,000 doses of the vaccine in two shipments scheduled to arrive on March 17 and 31, 2021, Minister for Health and Social development, Hon Carvin Malone has revealed. Photo: Internet Source/File
The United Kingdom (UK) has promised to send a total of 24,000 doses of the vaccine in two shipments scheduled to arrive on March 17 and 31, 2021, Minister for Health and Social development, Hon Carvin Malone has revealed. Photo: Internet Source/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the vaccination rollout programme now back in full swing after a brief pause, the Government of the Virgin Islands plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 'qualified' private health care providers to allow them to administer the AstraZeneca vaccines.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) made the announcement via a live broadcast on Thursday, March 5, 2021.

“When we receive the new batches of vaccination, which was originally due on 3rd March but now confirmed to arrive on 17th March, we will bring the private sector on board through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding will be executed with qualified private health care providers and require them to conduct vaccinations at no administrative or product costs to persons or the National Health Insurance programme.”

Get vaccinated

Minister Malone then urged persons to join him and the 4,474 persons in the VI already inoculated to take the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“While there are those who are apprehensive about taking any vaccine, let me admonish and encourage you to take this step with me and get vaccinated! It is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, our families and humanity, but, most importantly, for the BVI We Love!” he remarked.

He added: “As more and more of us get vaccinated here in the Virgin Islands and in the wider global community, we can begin to look at how this will impact our entry requirements and begin to reopen our borders and our economy and further restore our lives and livelihoods.” 

Minister Malone said the UK has promised to send a total of 24,000 doses of the vaccine in two shipments scheduled to arrive on March 17 and 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, the VI is finalising plans for 12,000 more doses of the same vaccine from COVAX, Hon Malone stated.

16 Responses to “Gov't to sign MoU with private health care providers to aid in vaccine rollout”

  • just leaving this here (05/03/2021, 09:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T25l1sm7_SY
  • good job (05/03/2021, 09:18) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is great negotiation Minister, You working,. Send all the rest of them home without pay, Premier included you will run this country better,,,,,We won't be getting All These broken promises and so much hanky panky scandals,,,,
  • coi (05/03/2021, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    The government facilities did a great job at rolling out the first batch. Is there really a need to include private healthcare providers at this time? Maybe the COI should look into this....
    • @coi. Its at no cost (05/03/2021, 10:55) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      If we can get aditional professional help with vaccine distribution at no cost, as the minister said, thats very good.
    • taxman (05/03/2021, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not sure why its of any relevance to the COI. If you read the article it states

      "...require them to conduct vaccinations at no administrative or product costs to persons or the National Health Insurance programme.”

      Not sure how anyone can be ripping off the people if they are doing it at no cost. Also if it makes it easier for people to be quickly vaccinated by medical professionals then it can only be a good thing
    • tretretrete (07/03/2021, 07:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Including when they turn up an hour late with no needles?
  • akon (05/03/2021, 11:49) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    When it comes to vaccines all of the truth must be told and not 1/8. Minister you better go and do your research and come again. Or is sell you selling out.
  • Rubber Duck (05/03/2021, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    So one day it’s off, next day back on. Do they have the slightest clue?
  • question (05/03/2021, 14:13) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    If like there said animals transmission of the virus is true would all live stock etc need vaccinated too ..just asking ...qu






  • @good job (05/03/2021, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    U mad there got nothing wat Andrew got ...it not just being educated/indoctrination run good governance. it lot more that u cant be taught ....
  • Chook (05/03/2021, 15:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How? l have to pay my nurse/staff daily to admister these vaccines. Will the Govt pay these people, because this dont make sense to the private facilities
  • No cost (05/03/2021, 16:20) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Please emphasize the no cost please. Next thing we have to pay for a visits in order to get the vaccine.
  • Obtuse (05/03/2021, 21:50) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    Withholding vaccinations during a pandemic is disgusting.
  • But (05/03/2021, 23:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Jus today Biden said her vaccinated and a reminder there will be an influx of u get vaccinated and don’t continue to wear your mask/social distancing etc.

    Oh and Fauci also said that today
    Listening to both I don’t need to ask the purposes of those rushed off vaccines.

    Within 3/5 years we Gona really see the side effects
    Biggest human experiment.

    Soo we get vaccinated we continue what we doing now
    We open up our ports and then ???
    Influx ????

    Stop forcing this on us
    We can do what we can to protect ourselves same as we doing now.

    It’s on all of us to do our part
    Whether we took or deny the 060606 patent luciferease
    mRNA vaxx or not.

    There’s ways to dodge the bullets
    Or right
    Vaccines don’t let us dodge it anyway

    Hence the reason its soo soo soo important to practice social distancing,washing hands and wearing of mask as this seems like the only true way of dodging the COVID bullet.
  • The Rich Keeps Getting Richer! (06/03/2021, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Having already drained NHI, Mr. Vanterpool and company are not satisfied. The greed! Can we honestly say that there was a problem with vaccination because of a shortage of personal to vaccinate persons? The answer to that is an unequivocal NO. The available vaccines were applied within 3 weeks of being available to the general public. And that is probably because some people were not coming forward to get vaccinated.
  • Fly (06/03/2021, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why not sign the MoU now, so it's ready when the vaccines arrive? Or do we have to wait another three weeks to get this up and running?


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