COVID-19 update and press conference- February 7, 2021. (PMO)

An application is being developed to provide individuals with an electronic copy of their certificate of vaccination, upon administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

National Co-Coordinator of the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand, made the disclosure, as she outlined the vaccination process, during this evening’s press conference to update the country on roll out of the vaccine.

This comes as 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to arrive on the island this week.

She said while persons would receive a “hard copy” of their vaccination record, authorities were working on “a new app, where you can have your information that you’ve already entered updated, and you would be able to get your vaccination card or certification electronically”.

Speaking on the inoculation process, Dr. Ferdinand said that it was rather simple, adding that persons would be observed by the medical personnel on site, as some individuals may experience discomfort afterward.

“You’re going to have a little wait because when you come in, you’re going to be sanitised, temperature taken; you might have a little talk on what the vaccine is and what to expect. Then you would go to the medical clerk who is going to register [you], and then you will go on to the nurse and have your injection and then on to the recovery area.

“So you will be sitting there and you have to stay at least 15 minutes, and we will observe you and you will observe yourself, of course. Once everything is ok, you will be allowed to leave, but you’re not going to just come in, get a stick and go out,” she explained.

Dr. Ferdinand also suggested that persons bring a snack with them, stating: “So you’re not going to run off right away, so if you don’t eat before you come, bring along something, especially for the elderly, so that you can munch on it through the process.”

nya.phillips@barbados.gov.bb

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