The government is holding another round of vaccination drive-thru as the Territory's leader announced that the BVI still needs over 5,000 persons to be vaccinated.
"We still need about 5,500 persons to become vaccinated to put us on the path to developing herd immunity. I know that we will achieve this goal; we are in this together," Premier and Finance Minister Hon. Andrew Fahie
said on Friday August 27.
The Ministry of Health is conducting the vaccination drive-thru exercise at the Festival Grounds in Road Town from today Saturday, 28 August, and continuing daily until Tuesday 31 August. The government said that persons are welcome to walk up or to drive through and sit in the comfort of their vehicles and be vaccinated.
It was previously disclosed that over 17,000 persons have taken COVID
, of which just under 13,000 are fully-vaccinated.
told reporters that there are some vaccine
supplies that would be expiring on 31 August, 2021, and they do not want these to go to waste.
"We are fortunate in the Virgin Islands
to be able to access vaccines
for every person who is eligible to be vaccinated. There are thousands of persons in other countries who are not as fortunate. So let us not be wasteful. Come out and be vaccinated," he urged.
The Premier reiterated that vaccination is still the most effective tool available to 'us' in this worst pandemic in over 100 years.
"Vaccination is the tool to help us to keep our population safe; to keep our Virgin Islands as a safe competitive tourist destination and for us to fully reopen our economy and to push it into overdrive as we were doing before the recent COVID
-19 spike," he said.
The Finance Minister reminded persons that, vaccination remains voluntary in the Virgin Islands
"The choice remains yours. But, as your Premier and Minister of Finance, I urge everyone who does not have any medical or religious issues to go and get vaccinated. Let us build up the Virgin Islands
’ resilience and resistance to COVID
-19. Help us to push the economy forward. Help us to push the tourism industry forward. Help us to get our people back into their jobs," Premier Fahie