Kralendijk, The Bottom, Saba, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Willemstad, Oranjestad, Aruba, Philipsburg -The Caribbean part of the Kingdom is on track to start vaccinating against COVID-19 around the 15th of February 2021, just as planned. The RIVM is preparing the first shipments of vaccines. For Saba and St. Eustatius, it concerns the first delivery of the Moderna vaccine. For Bonaire Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten, this first phase concerns vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer.
Minister Zita Jesus-Leito (Curaçao), Minister Danguillaume Oduber (Aruba), Minister Richard Panneflek (Sint-Maarten), and State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (the Netherlands) have jointly confirmed in their four-country consultation that they want to offer the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to all adults in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The ministers conclude, together with vaccination envoy Marc Sprenger, that a lot of people involved are working very hard on all islands to be ready in time for the implementation of the vaccination campaign and that it is very encouraging that the first batches of the vaccine will be delivered around February 15th. For the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, this creates an extra perspective on the corona crisis’s end. The aim is to complete the vaccination campaign on all islands / in all countries before the hurricane season.
By order of State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (VWS), vaccination envoy Dr. Marc Sprenger (former DG of RIVM) is assisting the islands of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom in starting vaccinating in time. Together with the RIVM, the vaccination envoy has visited all islands to discuss the progress with all local stakeholders. The necessary equipment has been delivered, and the staff involved has been trained in ‘cold chain’ and vaccine management. The vaccination envoy and the RIVM have identified several further action points for each island. If these are met, the vaccination programs will start.
Moderna en BioNTech/Pfizer
On Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten, the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine will be in the first phase of vaccination to the healthcare workers and people older than 60 years. To work as efficiently as possible and limit the wastage of vaccines to a minimum, the Moderna vaccine will be offered to all adults in one batch on the small islands of Saba and St. Eustatius. The vaccines for the first phase will be delivered and distributed in several batches.
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