With fewer active cases and deaths over the past few days, the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson says statistics have gotten better, the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in Bermuda continues.

Speaking at the latest COVID briefing on Wednesday (Oct 20), the Minister said: “This is good news for Bermuda, and I am confident that if we all continue to do everything we can to avoid getting infected with COVID-19 and look out for each other, things will continue to get better.”

She also noted that 70 percent of the island’s population has been vaccinated, with a total of 89,029 doses administered since January 11.

Of the 89,029 vaccinations given as of October 16:

  • 52% are women and,
  • 48% are men
  • 85.7% of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination, and 83.4% are fully immunised.

To date, 70 percent of the population has been vaccinated (1 dose), and 67.6 percent of the population has been immunised (2 doses).

If you want to be vaccinated, please register your interest as soon as possible on gov.bm/vaccines.

If you’re scheduled to receive your second dose, please do not miss your appointment. If you need to change your appointment, call the Vaccination Hotline at 444 2498 (option #2) or email vaccine@gov.bm as soon as you can so that we can re-schedule your appointment.

From January 11, 2021, when Bermuda’s vaccine campaign began, to Epi Week 41 ending October 16, 2021, Bermuda’s Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are as follows:

Hospitalisations [including repeat admissions] totalled 298 of which:

  • 265 or 89% were persons who were not fully vaccinated, and,
  • 33 or 11% were fully vaccinated.

To October 16, Bermuda has also sadly had 83 deaths, of which:

  • 70 or 84% were not fully vaccinated
  • 13 or 16% were fully vaccinated

Those who have decided to get vaccinated can book an appointment or walk into the KEMH Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 7pm, and Saturday, 8am to 4pm. Medical doctors will be at KEMH to answer any questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

“I want to thank the 198 members of the Bermuda Medical Doctors Association who have signed an open letter in support of the COVID-19 vaccination,” The Minister added.

“I also want to thank the Bermuda Industrial Union who called on its members to get vaccinated.

She also noted that the booster programme started on October 9th at local rest homes and subsequently started at the BHB vaccine centre and the National Sports Centre on the 10th and 13th of October respectively.

“The BHB vaccine centre launched the booster programme by servicing the immunosuppressed for its first two days of opening, however, the centre is now open to those 65 and over,” said Ms Wilson.

“The National Sports Centre’s vaccine programme launched by servicing the 65 year olds and over and pregnant women and continues to maintain services for that cohort.

“The next phase of the booster programme will be for the healthcare workers and it is anticipated this group will be able to receive boosters in approximately four weeks based on the currant rate of boosters. The programme is now administering approximately 300 person per day per centre. The total boosters administered to date is approximately 2,000 which is an amazing achievement and a testament that the public continues to want to play their part in having a safe environment for everyone.

“To book your own appointment please visit the government website link gov.bm and select ‘Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment.”