Overseas jabs

A number of Barbadians and expatriates have been taking their young children overseas to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Since October last year when the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages five to 11, mainly well-to-do Barbadian parents have been flocking to Miami and other American states to have their young ones take the jab.

The FDA stated the vaccine was found to be 90.7 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 in that age group.

Last week Chief Medical Officer, The Most Honourable Dr Kenneth George, told teachers at a Ministry of Education organised meeting that Barbados was trying to source vaccines for the 5-11s but they were high in demand and supplies were limited.

One parent who took her seven-year-old daughter to Miami last December for the jab, told the DAILY NATION she did so after extensive research and for “peace of mind”. (MB)


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