Aruba received the first shipping of COVID-19 vaccines consisting of 11700 doses. The objective of the Government is to have 85% of the population vaccinated before the start of the hurricane season in June 2021. The vaccination campaign has officially started and on the first day, 10 individuals within the risk group received their first vaccine, while 2 nurses were also vaccinated.
After the first 12 doses were administered at the Don Bosco Club, the vaccination campaign proceeded at the hospital where the hospital personnel received their dose of the Covid19 vaccine.
The first 12 doses were given to the following individuals:
- Dr. Kelvin Cayama - risk group;
- Ruben Garcia - 60 +;
- Jacky Wernet - risk group;
- Jossy Lacle - 60 +;
- Siomara Everon - risk group;
- Dr. Joaquin van Trigt – GP;
- Dr. Dhyani Giel – GP;
- Ronchi de Cuba - risk group;
- Pastor Toti - 60 +;
- Olindo Koolman - 60 + former Governor;
- Emira Rodriguez - Tromp - 60 +;
- Jourraine Halabi - Figaroa - Nurse HOH.
On Thursday, February 18, the vaccination continued at the hospital, IMSan, and at the DVG while on Friday this will continue at the HOH and IMSan. According to the plans, Saturday they will vaccinate all health practitioners at the Santa Theresita Center in San Nicolas followed by the vaccination of the remaining healthcare workers on Sunday.
Starting on Monday, February 22, two vaccination centers will be opened as planned, to vaccinate the group of 60+. Centro Betico Croes in Santa Cruz and Theresita Center in San Nicolas will serve as the first vaccination centers.
On March 1, 2021, the four following vaccination centers will be opened:
- Club Don Bosco in Noord;
- JFK Education Center in Oranjestad;
- Centro Libertador Betico Croes in Santa Cruz;
- Santa Therisita Center in San Nicolas.
The vaccine is very important for every individual in Aruba, as it:
- Protects our health;
- Saves lives;
- Creates immunity;
- Will help us recover our tourism and bring life back to normal.
Minister of Tourism, Public Health and Sport, Dangui Oduber, who witnessed the first vaccinations, urges the entire community to register for their vaccine on the Aruba Health App or in person at one of the MFAs. So far 11000 people have signed up for the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way out of this pandemic. Let’s all get vaccinated to save lives, to bring back tourism and our economy.
The Minister thanked the Dutch Government, the Government of Aruba, the Ministry of Tourism, Public Health and Sports, BRA, DOW, IVA, VDA, KPA, Customs, and Setar but had a special appreciation for the entire DVG team and the team of the Department of Infectious Diseases DBZ which is in charge with the administration of the vaccines.