BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — St. Kitts and Nevis received its first 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines last week, and by the end of this month the Federation is expected to receive an additional 21,600 doses as a result of its participation in the COVID-19 Global Access (COVAX) Facility.
The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged $600,000 to assist St. Kitts and Nevis in procuring extra vaccines, while the Government of India and other allies have expressed their willingness to aid the Federation in the form of vaccine donations.
The Ministry of Health is now making final preparations for the roll out of its mass vaccination programme that will encompass frontline workers and the ordinary citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“These additional donations from multiple sources will enhance our ability to roll out our mass vaccination programme. Our health professionals have worked to establish a vaccination plan to immunize not only our frontline and essential workers, but every citizen and resident in due course,” said Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris in a national address on February 13.
Recommendations from international health-based institutions, such as the World Health Organization, were taken into consideration for the Government’s vaccination plan. It is anticipated that frontline workers will be vaccinated first followed by vulnerable persons. Vulnerable persons include individuals suffering from multiple morbidities and other chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Over the past several weeks, health professionals in St. Kitts and Nevis have been assuring citizens and residents that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe to take.
Dr. Harris reiterated this in his address to the nation on Saturday. He said, “I encourage everyone to think seriously about their health and the important contribution vaccines can play in preserving our health and wellness.”
It is the intention of the St. Kitts and Nevis Government to have at least 70 percent of the population vaccinated against the virus, which, according to Dr. Harris, will lead to herd immunity in the Federation.