Antiguan Health Ministry Announces Booster COVID-19 Shots for Certain Groups

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua - The Minister of Health, Wellness, and the Environment, Sir Molwyn Joseph says his Ministry will begin the administering of Covid-19 booster vaccines to specific groups starting Monday.    

josemolMinister of Health, Wellness, and the Environment Molwyn Joseph. EUROPANEWSWIRE/GADO/GETTY IMAGESIn making the announcement on Saturday, Joseph said the policy is being implemented by the Government on the heels of recommendations made by the National COVID-19 Vaccination Technical Working Group and Senior Medical Technicians within the Ministry.

He said the additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccines will be administered to the most vulnerable and at risk groups within the society in the first instance. These include Healthcare Providers such as Doctors, Nurses, Radiologists, Pharmacist and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Focus is also being placed on immuno-compromised individuals such as cancer patients, renal dialysis and transplant patients, persons living with HIV/AIDS and persons receiving immune-suppressive therapy.

Once the vaccine program progresses, those individuals 60 years and over will be prioritized including those individuals living in long-term care facilities.

In order to be considered eligible for the booster vaccine, one must have received their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine at least six (6) months ago.