Moderna Covid-19 vaccine now available to residents

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The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is now available to residents at the Villa Polyclinic, between 8 am and 4:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays, and from 8 am to 3 pm on Fridays. Photo courtesy Medical News Today.
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The Health Ministry has announced that the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna is now available to residents at the Villa Polyclinic.

According to the Ministry, the vaccines – a batch of 5,000 – were recently donated by the Government of Denmark, and were received by Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Alfred Athill.

Many residents – some of whom may have since taken other vaccines – repeatedly called on the government in the past to acquire Moderna doses, as it was widely considered the best vaccine of those available globally.

There was the also the revelation from Prime Minister Gaston Browne back in February last year, that he had been vaccinated with the Moderna weeks before – way before any Covid-19 vaccine was rolled out to the general public – which drew the ire of many who questioned the perceived secrecy and elitism the PM displayed.

Antigua and Barbuda has become one of the leading countries where Covid-19 vaccination rate is concerned, and the level of infection remains very low – evidenced by the government’s recent promotion of large-scale events, compared to the height of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, residents can now access the Moderna vaccine at the Villa Polyclinic between 8am and 4:30pm from Mondays to Thursdays, and between 8 am and 3 pm on Fridays.

The rollout of the Moderna vaccines is certainly timely, as the country’s remaining batch of Pfizer vaccines expired at the end of last month.  

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