Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Nurse Becomes First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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The first COVID-19 vaccination in the Bahamas took place Sunday morning.

The first person to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine was a healthcare worker, Public Health Nurse, Sister Ruth Bastian.

Nurse Bastian received the jab at the Loyola Hall in Gladstone Road. Bastian said she was pleased to demonstrate her confidence in the safety of the vaccine and encouraged others to take the vaccine when it’s their turn.

This signals the beginning of the Bahamas’ vaccine rollout.

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Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis receives a jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Public Health Advisor Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis also received the vaccine.

Last week, India, a manufacturer of the AstraZeneca vaccine, donated 20,000 doses to the Bahamas as it did to other Caribbean countries.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his wife Patricia will receive the first jab at 2:45 pm today, as well.

Following concerns by some European Countries in regard to blood clots caused by the particular vaccine in a small group of people,  health officials in the Bahamas have put fears to rest, assuring that the vaccines received by the Bahamas on Wednesday,  were different from the batch reportedly used in the affected countries, and have met all of the requirements and standards set by the World Health Organization.

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