First Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine en route to Aruba

ORANJESTAD - On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, State Secretary of Health, Welfare, and Sports, Mr. Paul Blokhuis together with KLM CEO Peter Elbers witnessed the first batch of Pfizer Covid19 vaccine being loaded into the KLM aircraft with destination Aruba and Bonaire.

This shipping contains 11700 vaccine doses for Aruba.

KLM flight to Aruba and Bonaire with the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on board.KLM flight to Aruba and Bonaire with the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on board.The vaccination of the first group, those working in healthcare, will be between February 17 and February 21, 2021. This group includes those working at the Hospital, ImSan, DVG, Family Practitioners, Specialists, Nurses, Nursing home personnel, Dentists, Physiotherapists, and all others working in healthcare.

Starting February 22, 2021, seniors 60 years and older with delicate health conditions will be vaccinated. Seniors in nursing homes will be vaccinated by a special team that will visit these nursing homes to vaccinate on location. Family members of bedridden patients can request the mobile vaccine team at home through their family practitioner. This team will administer the vaccine to the bedridden patients in the comfort of their homes. This service is exclusively for bedridden patients.

KLM flight to Aruba and Bonaire with the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on board.KLM flight to Aruba and Bonaire with the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on board.The first two locations to start vaccination are the Centro Libertador Betico Croes in Santa Cruz and Santa Theresita Center in San Nicolas. The vaccine facility in Santa Cruz has been special designed to accommodate the elderly and offers plenty of seating areas so that they do not have to stand and wait. Once at the facility, the seniors will be seated and all service will be provided at their seats. This also applies to persons in a wheelchair.

The day is approaching, and if you have not registered yet to receive the vaccine, please download the Aruba Health App and register now. Registration is also possible at any of the MFAs, either in Savaneta, Santa Cruz, Paradera, or Noord.

More information will be provided in the upcoming days including the vaccination planning.

Let’s get vaccinated as this is the only way out of this pandemic.

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