MEDIA STATEMENT- The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, acting through a round-robin system, today decided that all frontline workers are required to move to receive their booster vaccine shots immediately.

Those men and women who have underlying health conditions that make them most vulnerable to communicable diseases are also encouraged to take the booster shot immediately. The Cabinet seeks to strengthen the defense of the Antigua and Barbuda nation by ensuring that the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 disease can meet with a strong readiness.

Please note that the two Centers where the booster shots are administered—Villa Polyclinic and the Multipurpose Center-will re-open on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. Please be sure to take along the paper/booklet certification so that the date and type of the additional vaccine shot can be added.

All reports emanating from countries where the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus has struck, indicate that omicron is more easily spread than any of the previous variants, and it causes illness often requiring hospitalization.

At the moment, vessels and aircraft discharge thousands of visitors almost daily at the Port and the airport, from our source markets; potential carriers of the omicron variant are likely to be among those arriving passengers.

The best defence against the Covid-19 disease has been the several vaccines which have been deployed globally. The new variant requires an additional jab to strengthen the waning immunity of the previous two-shots’ vaccines.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda encourages all residents and citizens to continue to abide by the established protocols. Frontline workers and the very vulnerable are especially required to defend themselves. Everyone is to wear masks in public, wash hands and sanitize frequently, and to maintain social distancing when in public spaces.

The Covid-19 disease will continue to plague our population, impact jobs and economic performance if these protocols are NOT adhered to, the Cabinet reminds.