Vaccines for children under 12 not available
Minister of Health and Wellness, Christopher Tufton, says vaccines for children under 12 years of age are not yet available on the market.
“My understanding is that stocks would have been bought or controlled by the more industrialised countries and one would have to negotiate with the manufacturers through those entities, in order to access them at this point,” he said.
Addressing a virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on January 6, the Minister noted that “vaccine diplomacy or vaccine hoarding” is an issue that has always been involved in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Tufton said while the Ministry continues to negotiate and assess the availability of these vaccines, protecting the most vulnerable remains a priority of the Government, especially since there is a current spike in confirmed cases.
Within that context, the Minister said all vaccine brands, to include AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and Sinopharm are available at the respective health centres islandwide.
To date, the overall number of positive COVID-19 cases is 98,194.
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