St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Barbados and several eastern Caribbean countries that signed agreements with the COVAX facility have been informed of the indicative allocation of COVID-19 vaccines.

SVG’s allocation is for 45,600 indicative doses of AstraZeneca, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in a press statement on Monday.

This means that SVG can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) over the coming few weeks.

The vaccines are the first of the assigned doses to satisfy COVAX’s agreement with this country.

The COVAX facility has advised that vaccines will be delivered effective mid to late February with 357,600 doses of the AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine, to Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and SVG.

The allocation was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts and GAVI taking a big step towards equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The main objective of this allocation is for countries to begin vaccinating their priority populations as quickly as possible.

Minister of Health St Clair Prince says this development is “a significant boost in our fight against the disease and the safety of the population, a transformative complement to the measures already in place in our COVID-19 response”.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache said the allocation of 45,600 AstraZeneca COVID vaccines to SVG with 25% being available in the first quarter, is an extremely important development in the nation’s battle to control the spread of COVID-19 in SVG and to return to some level of normalcy.

“Our strategy was always aimed at keeping the virus out of SVG for as long possible until a vaccine became available. We will now move to rapidly but safely vaccinate sufficient of our population to allow for the protection of all of the population,” Keizer Beache further said.

She said that even as the nation awaits the actual receipt of these vaccines from COVAX, health officials are cognizant of the need to procure additional vaccines to adequately implement phase 1 of the national vaccination introduction and deployment plan.

A release from PAHO said that the COVAX Facility has managed to secure significant doses of vaccines from various manufacturers.

In addition, these are authorised or very close to being authorised by WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

Because EUL has yet to be granted by WHO in respect of this vaccine, the facility has for now only provided an indicative number of doses, covering the next two quarters. The next steps to access the allocation include countries having the necessary indemnity and liability frameworks, including the required legislative framework in place where necessary, in order to complete an agreement directly with AstraZeneca.

10 replies on “SVG gets allocation of COVID vaccine”

  1. That’s step 1 which is very important. Step 2 now is to convince a doubting population to have the vaccine.

  2. How it gun look says:

    Well good luck with that one the only vaccine that I will be taking a chance with is the one from Cuba or India don’t trust American or European vaccines.

  3. This vaccine made by Oxford University and AZ already being used. Will reduce hospitalisations and severe illness. Possibly reduce transmission too. It is a good thing otherwise the virus will just spread out of control and possibly mutate to a more potant strain.

  4. AstraZeneca plc is a British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company with its headquarters in Cambridge, England.

    Once again our British friends come to our rescue, God Save the Queen.

  5. What happened to Sputnik-V?. The AstraZeneca is modeled after the Sputnik-V, which uses the technology that developed the Ebola vaccine. I believe it is the Vector-Viral category.
    AT LEAST THIS CATEGORY OF VACCINE IS THE SAFEST!
    The problem with the Oxford (AstraZeneca) Vaccine is that Bill Gates is also involved with that company. I believe his investment was 750 Million.
    We should petition our PM to get the Sputnik-V which is effective (91%) for ONE YEAR, all others are only for three months. No negative side-effects have been noticed from Sputnik-V. I would consider that one, any others, at this time….NO THANKS!

  6. Contains nanoparticles, aborted baby bits and a whole host of other nasty substances. People will die when the vaccinations begin, they will say they died of covid. Don’t listen to the news or politicians they have sold you out.

    1. It is true that more people will die from the Covid vaccines than that ACTUALLY die from Covid “alone”. I say this because virtually anyone who has ever died “from” Covid had other heath problems as well, including one man that was in a severe motorcycle accident but they said he died from Covid. NO DOUBT some of the frail and elderly actually DO die from Covid, or some younger people that maybe got Covid and then ran outside naked in sub-zero temperature, could possibly die from Covid.
      REAL VIROLOGISTS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS WILL TELL US TO BOOST OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. (EAT HEALTHY VINCY FOODS) AS WELL AS NUTRIENTS AND VITAMINS LIKE SELENIUM. ZINC, VIT. D (WITH THAT, GET OUTSIDE IN THE SUNLIGHT TO GIVE YOURSELF ABILITY TO BETTER PROCESS VITAMIN D, STAY OUTSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THE VIRUS SPREADS INDOORS, AND PRACTICALLY DOES NOT SPREAD AT ALL OUTDOORS). IN OTHER WORDS:….NO LOCKDOWNS!!! THAT IS THE STUPIDIST THING TO DO!!!
      We should also encourage our Health Professionals to stop listening to the FAKE SCIENCE and instead give us intelligent information instead of FAKE NEWS based on FAKE SCIENCE.

      I am greatful that the news here has at least told us the three deaths WITH Covid were people that had pre-existing conditions, therefore died WITH Covid and not OF Covid (I have to say that for those that do not know their prepositions). To futher explain: You can die WITH gloves on but it does not mean you died OF wearing gloves.

  7. Don’t need vaccines. Never have and never will. It’s all media hysteria. The worst part is people are being hurt by these vaccines and it’s not even being reported. Not all of it anyway!

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