Second tranche of Pfizer vaccines due to arrive today from the United States, with secondary students being targeted

The Ministry of Health is expecting to receive 21,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine today, November 3.  The shipment represents the second tranche of vaccines donated by the United States.

Health officials have already indicated that these vaccines will be immediately deployed with a strong focus on secondary-school students.

The Cabinet’s intention is to have all eligible students vaccinated in order to allow schools to return to full face-to-face learning.

Meanwhile, the country’s active COVID-19 cases are steadily declining and are now almost below 200, even as seven new infections are being confirmed by the Ministry of Health.  These new cases are for Saturday October 30.

Consequently, the official COVID-19 count for Antigua and Barbuda is 4,069, inclusive of 203 active cases. Nineteen persons have recovered recently from the virus, increasing that total to 3,764.

There are 16 hospitalized cases, nine of which are mild, four  moderate and three severe.

Antigua and Barbuda has fully vaccinated 50,349 individuals, while 6,200 have received their first dose, the report says.