Saint Kitts and Nevis is finalizing plans for the roll-out of its mass COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The government received its first batch of vaccines and according to Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, will receive more than 21 000 more doses before the end of the month.
Frontline workers are first in line to be vaccinated.
They will be followed by vulnerable persons which include those suffering from multiple morbidities and other chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
The Prime Minister said the two-island state is blessed to have the support of other territories in its fight against COVID-19.
Taiwan has pledged $600,000 to be used to purchase more vaccines while the government of India has also shared its willingness to donate vaccines.
Prime Minister Harris said: “These additional donations from multiple sources will enhance our ability to roll out our mass vaccination programme. Our health professionals have worked to establish a vaccination plan to immunize not only our frontline and essential workers but every citizen and resident in due course.”
According to a government-issued statement, recommendations from international health institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), were taken into consideration for the vaccination plan.
Over the past several weeks, health professionals here have been assuring citizens and residents that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe to take.
That was reiterated by Prime Minister Harris in an address to the nation over the weekend.
“I encourage all to think seriously about their health and the important contribution vaccines can play in preserving our health and wellness,” he said.
He said his government intends to have at least 70 per cent of the population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.