Barbados dismisses claims surrounding COVID-19 vaccine shortage

Barbados has dismissed claims that the country may not have enough vaccines to inoculate individuals who had already received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.

Co-coordinator for the National Vaccination Programme (Logistics) Major David Clarke, on Thursday assured Bajans that the country had enough doses of vaccine available to inoculate everyone who already received their first dose within the prescribed time frame.

Clarke explained that the country had placed enough doses in storage to guarantee those persons who have already gotten the first shot, would be able to get the second.

Major Clarke clarified that while the country was continuing its vaccine programme that those currently being inoculated were not given the vaccines donated by the Government of India, pointing out that additional supply had been received.

Barbados is expected to begin administering the second dose of the vaccine on April 17, 2021.

Current data suggests that the second dose is best given 10 to 12 weeks after the first dose in order to achieve greater efficacy