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432 vaccinated on Day 1 of vaccination drive @ Festival Grounds

- Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination to continue today, July 18, 2021
A total of 432 residents were vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first day of the Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination that took place at Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo: GIS
Approximately 357 persons received their first dose, while 75 persons received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine during Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination at Festival Grounds on July 17, 2021. Photo: GIS
Approximately 357 persons received their first dose, while 75 persons received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine during Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination at Festival Grounds on July 17, 2021. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A total of 432 residents were vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first day of the Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination that took place at Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Approximately 357 persons received their first dose, while 75 persons received their second dose, all of the AstraZeneca Vaccine to boost immunity to combat the COVID-19 virus, a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) today, July 18, 2021, stated.

The increase in vaccination uptake comes after the Virgin Islands reported on July 16, 2021, its highest number of deaths as 12 due to community spread of the COVID-19 virus while 27 persons remained hospitalised.

There are now 14 COVID-19 related deaths in the VI.

Vaccination gives persons a ‘working chance’- Hon Malone

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) stated that the initiative will give persons and the territory a working chance in combatting the virus.

Honourable Malone also thanked His Excellency the Governor John J. Rankin CMG and the support of the United Kingdom in providing the AstraZeneca vaccines on the island; and announced that another shipment of vaccines and rapid test kits will be arriving into the Territory within the week.

Vaccination drive continues today

Operation Protect Each Other Drive-Thru Vaccination will continue today, Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Festival Grounds on Tortola from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The drive-through will allow vehicles to enter the eastern gate of the Festival Grounds and be able to register, get inoculated, receive their cards and drive off in the convenience of their cars.

Persons aged 18 and older are encouraged to pre-fill registration forms available online at, or register on-site, walk with a government-issued identification, wear their face masks and wear short-sleeved tops for easy access to getting their vaccine shot.

AstraZeneca vaccine provides ‘additional protection’

According to Government, the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine provides additional protection by boosting immunity by creating antibodies, preventing and reducing the risk of severe illness, reducing the risk of death from COVID-19, reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 and ultimately allowing the community to reconnect.

COVID-19 vaccines paired with all health measures such as hand washing and sanitising, proper face mask-wearing and physical distancing can provide optimal protection as countries around the world are still adjusting to living in the COVID-19 era.

28 Responses to “432 vaccinated on Day 1 of vaccination drive @ Festival Grounds”

  • Oh No (18/07/2021, 11:14) Like (15) Dislike (23) Reply
    432 ????Amount still small not even a 1000. People still sticking to their mind.
    • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 11:25) Like (47) Dislike (27) Reply
      It was one a minute for nearly 8 hours . Probably 2 or 3 lives saved. Certainly a lot of illness and distress prevented.

      Brilliant and well done to all involved.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (18/07/2021, 11:45) Like (42) Dislike (12) Reply
    This is very good new. I can say without fear that I am FULLY IMMUNISED about two months and had no side effects. I would like to encourage others who have not been vaccinated to do so now and save your life as well as that of your families and friends. Vaccine is a protection from this dangerous virus. If our parents did not ensure that we were vaccinated as children many of us would not have been alive today. For all of those persons who are hesitating to take the vaccine, please don't be in the numbers to head to the funeral parlor. Our numbers of death will reduce and life will return to normalcy
    • Cloudy days ahead (18/07/2021, 13:04) Like (18) Dislike (12) Reply
      Back to normal u say, is the american produce steriod grown food have yall dortish so
  • Guest (18/07/2021, 11:50) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    better than 0 but disappointing.
  • perhaps (18/07/2021, 11:51) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    More are probably too sick to leave home.
  • Happy (18/07/2021, 11:56) Like (17) Dislike (26) Reply
    So they have lost faith in God for its God who have the power over life and can save lives. Trust in God alone for he is the deliverer and hope, do not pit your trust in men
    • Sick (18/07/2021, 12:42) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply

      you happy, no you sick in you @##!

    • @Happy (18/07/2021, 13:09) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      How can you say that?!
      God works through us on earth. We are his care takers on earth. If we choose (free will) to be!
      God made us with brains that are capable of making things like this vaccine, that saves lives by curbing the spread of this hyper-contagious virus!
    • Miracle (18/07/2021, 17:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Continue waiting for the miracle. God help those who help themselves. God works through the people you can see. Did he send an angel to act as the good Samaritan. No he send a man. The trillions of prayers were offered just before Irma did not protect us. The people who prayed and batten down, or did something to protect themselves and their family were the one who fare best. Pray asking God to protect you, then go take the vaccine and He will answer your cry.
  • Hbh Da Don (18/07/2021, 12:35) Like (10) Dislike (36) Reply
    We need to understand something. This virus can only be cured and prevented by bush. I bet yall do not know that it was the divination of Emperor Selassie Ras Tafari, that rid most of the world of small pox, polio and measles. Only those nations that do not have community that accept Ras Tafari in their heart is still afflicted with these illnesses. Open your eyes to nature, and use the plants from the earth to bring the vitamins your body lacks. Accept Ras in your heart and give up western medicine. Western medicine is so good yet it cant conquer death yet, so until then be part of the earth. One thing we also need to push out is government failure to teach the downfalls of the vaccination to people before they take it. They atleast needs to advise all that it may contain rfid technology in it. Another thing we need to consider is the social mind control effects of flouride such as in toothpaste. I have stopped using toothpaste years ago and feel much wiser and smarter. Alternatives exist. Wise up yourselves people!
    • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 13:25) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      You feel wiser and smarter?

      You must have been really really really stupid before.
    • Guest (18/07/2021, 13:39) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      i can guarantee you that Emperor Selassie Ras Tafari never used a computer.
      why don't you figure out what he used and do the same.
    • Simplicity (18/07/2021, 16:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Too bad Selassie didn't rid the world of stupid. Maybe you would've stood a chance.
    • @Hbh (18/07/2021, 18:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      You joking right? You can not be believing the sh#t you just typed.
    • ajn (18/07/2021, 21:15) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      You have blood on your hands 'Heritage' - 17 people died (may they rest in peace) to date listening to your uneducated/unproved bs, shame on you.
    • a a (18/07/2021, 21:36) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      stopped using toothpaste years ago - explains why everything that comes out of your mouth smells like sh&t . you really are an idiot
    • lol (18/07/2021, 22:38) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Please stop misleading people. How many have you lead astray with your nonsense? The world is not flat, covid kills, and the vaccine saves lives. I hope at some point your conscience will wake up and you will realise all the damage that you have done to this country and may God have mercy on what is left of your soul.
    • Hmm (19/07/2021, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I dont think is heritage write this at all... lol
  • Timed death (18/07/2021, 13:03) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wow some much people tropit
  • musa (18/07/2021, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This # need to be at lease 10000
  • Do Whats right... (18/07/2021, 13:56) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    We are saving our own lives... We will enjoy a better day
  • .... (18/07/2021, 14:07) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    If you get trolled consider yourself not smarter than them.

    After all the medical advancements ultimately we have to be humble & trust in the divine.
  • Grateful (18/07/2021, 16:33) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    They need to continue either the drive every weekend
  • Incentives (18/07/2021, 20:04) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    The drive thru vaccine program is a good start but it needs some incentives to get more people to vaccinate. For example:

    Free 15 min. car wash while waiting after the jab.
    Free raffle ticket for something worthwhile(new car, pickup, boat, etc)
    Free plate of food(rice & peas, fried chicken, corn, etc)
    Free lottery ticket
    Free 'Get vaccinated' T-shirt
    Free $5-10 voucher for gas at sponsoring fuel company.

    The list of incentives to vaccinate here is endless if enough businesses get involved!

    • am (18/07/2021, 21:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Isn't living incentive enough, if someone's 'morals'/civic duty can be bought for $10 then God help us all. Just do the the right thing period, a free shirt be damned.
    • What a a joke (18/07/2021, 22:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need incentive to do something for yourself that can save your life? Well if your life mean so little to you, you better off dead.
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