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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline lauded a success on first day of operations

The newly established COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline, as part of the government’s education campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccination, was launched on Thursday, 25 February with instant success receiving approximately 350 calls and registering 326 persons.

The hotline operates from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday- Friday. The team assisted persons who do not have the capacity to register online, and aided individuals those who opted to use the registration portal. The dedicated registration team also addressed general questions on the vaccination process.

Meanwhile, vaccination of frontline workers is well underway as healthcare workers, members of the Antigua Barbuda Defense Force, Immigration Officers, and frontline staff continue to be inoculated. The Government recently announced that 40,000 additional vaccines are expected to arrive on the island in the coming days.

To ensure the general public is educated on the vaccine programme, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education committee has embarked on a vigorous education campaign which included a series of targeted zoom sessions with doctors, Dr. Courtney Lewis, Dr. Shivon Jarvis, and Dr. George Mansoor.

According to Chair of the Education Committee, Dr. Janelle Charles Williams, “Over 1000 persons from key interest groups, education, tourism, statutory bodies, to include the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS), Social Security, Antigua Port Authority, Customs Division, Immigration Department, State Insurance Corporation, and religious leaders participated in the sessions.”

The education program also includes a dedicated information website, Public Service Announcements, social media campaigns, and media interviews with medical professionals.

To register for your COVID-19 Vaccine, members of the public can call the COVID-19 Registration Hotline at 788-8299, 736-8298, 736-8295, and 736-8299 Monday- Friday 9am- 3pm or register online at www.vaccineantiguabarbuda.com.

The COVID-19 Registration Hotline is being managed by the Education Subcommittee of the National Coordinating Committee for the COVID-19 Vaccination programme.

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