Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Only Fully Vaccinated People Can Go Back to Normal

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said once people are fully vaccinated they can commence a form of normal life.

In an address in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Minnis pushed for people to get the vaccine, emphasizing that complete vaccination is necessary if the economy and health of the country is to return to normalcy.

Why it matters

The government is seeking to expand the COVID-19 vaccine access, as the country sees an increase in COVID-19 cases with the identification of new strains.

21,907 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered to Bahamians since the beginning of inoculation on March 4.

16,934 doses have been administered on New Providence; 3,512 doses on Grand Bahama; 832 on Abaco and 638 on Eleuthera.

The big picture

So far, the Bahamas has received a total of 53,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

20,000 doses were donated by the Government of India.

33,600 doses were received through the COVAX Facility with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization.

The Bahamas is scheduled to receive an additional 67,200 vaccines through the COVAX Facility.

The country will receive the second tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX Facility before the end of May.

What Minnis said

Dr. Minnis said once people are fully vaccinated, they can participate in a closed environment, “once all are fully vaccinated.”

Minnis said indoor dining and work in the Junkanoo shacks can resume for those who are fully vaccinated.

Minnis added that travelers within the Bahamas who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements that are currently in place when traveling from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.

These travelers will be exempted immediately after full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination will be required.

Effective 1st May, those traveling to the Bahamas from outside of the country, will be exempted from a COVID-19 test if they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period.

Proof of full vaccination will be required.

To be clear if an individual is not fully vaccinated that individual will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test where testing requirements are in place, Minnis said.

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