Antigua and Barbuda is expected to start dispensing booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine next month.
This was announced by Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Saturday, October 23, on his affiliated radio station.
Browne says the introduction of booster shots is part of the Government’s policy, and is supported by health officials.
However, he says the boosters will be administered to the most vulnerable residents, including senior citizens and individuals at risk because of co-morbidities.
Browne says the third shot is necessary, since it has been proven that the efficacy of the vaccines wanes over time, thus reducing the level of protection.
He says that everything must be done to enable the country’ economy to return to a sustainable footing, since it cannot withstand any further hits from this pandemic.