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West Indies Women receive COVID-19 vaccine

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:17 AM

West Indies Women cricketers Chinelle Henry (left) and Karishma Ramharack.
West Indies Women cricketers Chinelle Henry (left) and Karishma Ramharack.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):

West Indies Women and support staff have received the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca through a partnership between Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Antigua’s Ministry of Health.

Eighteen players and members of the management group were inoculated this week after the start of the month-long high-performance camp here nearly two weeks ago.

Several other players and support staff had been already vaccinated in their home territories, prior to their arrival here.

“CWI is committed to assisting the vaccination drive across the region by raising awareness and helping to educate communities, as this will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the West Indies,” CWI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Israel Dowlat said.

“We continue to invest in the health and well-being of our cricketers and staff and are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Health in Antigua and Barbuda for assisting in getting everyone at the camp vaccinated.”

To raise awareness

CWI, which is based here in the country’s capital, said it was “supporting the Government’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of receiving the vaccine to protect everyone from the COVID-19 virus.”

Overall, the training camp features 30 players and a 12-member management group, and are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers at year end in Sri Lanka.

Under the protocols developed for the camp with Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Health and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the players will continue in their established biosecure bubble for the remainder of the training period.