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50,000 jabs in five weeks to ease restrictions

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:08 AM


Prime Minister Mia Mottley wants at least 10,000 people here to be vaccinated against COVID-19 every week for the next five weeks, which, she said, would determine when curfews and other restrictions would be eased and eventually lifted.

Mottley said if vaccinations pick up to the level she wants, Barbados would be much closer to herd immunity.

Currently, just under 6,500 persons are being vaccinated in Barbados weekly, and while saying she was happy to see an increasing number of people coming forward to be vaccinated, she urged more Barbadians to get inoculated.

“We are trending in the right direction, but the overall rate does need still some pumping up; it is still a little bit too low,” Mottley said.

“Let us agree to aim to get as close to 10,000 persons per week being vaccinated. If we can do that, and we can maintain that each week for the next five weeks, then we will have the majority of those persons fully vaccinated before the end of November, before Independence Day [November 30] and Christmas, such that we may, as a country, consider then the options of significant review and removal of restrictions that we have in place.”