The United Kingdom has agreed to cover all medical expenses that stem from the AstraZeneca vaccine, when the COVID-19 vaccination programme is rolled out.
Thats the assertion made by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald Georges.
During a recent interview with local media, he said: “There is an indemnification that the UK government is providing for there types of issues. What that is, is that they are looking at the potential for risk and they the UK are covering it, because those are some of the conditions under which the vaccine is procured and is also being distributed.”
Dr Georges further explained that the indemnification being offered to citizens of the United Kingdom is also being offered to citizens of the British Virgin Islands.
He further announced the establishment of a monitoring system meant to document all side effects which will then be shared with the relevant institutions.
The Acting CMO said vaccines can range from mild to severe and will be reported to WHO, CARPHA and PAHO.
The BVI received its first shipment of 8000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the United Kingdom on February 4.
Minister of Health, Carvin Malone said the vaccine will be distributed in phases.
Frontline workers will be among the first to be vaccinated.