Local healthcare workers, essential and criticial service workers are being encouraged to take the COVID-19 booster shot.

According to the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, the programme “is well on its way”.

“Currently, booster vaccines are available for healthcare workers, essential and critical service workers who have had a second dose at least six months prior,” said Ms Wilson.

“Employment proof of ID must be presented when you attend your appointment.

“Essential and critical workers include Hospital Staff, Healthcare workers, Police Officers, Fire Service, Bermuda Regiment, Prison Officers, Utility workers (Electricity, Communications, Water), Stevedores, and other essentials such as teachers,” she added.

“Also eligible for a booster vaccine at this time are persons aged 50 and older, and all those with chronic conditions between the ages of 12 and 49, who had a second dose at least six months prior.”

These conditions include:

•       Active treatment for cancer

•       Chronic Kidney diseases

•       Chronic lung disease

•       Chronic neurological diseases including dementia

•       Diabetes (types 1 and 2)

•       Serious Congenital diseases including Down syndrome, sickle cell disease and thalessemia

•       Chronic Cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, Coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathies and hypertension

•       Other immunocompromising conditions

•       Chronic Liver disease

•       Overweight and Obesity

•       Chronic Cerebrovascular disease including strokes

•       Substance use disorders

•       The homeless

“Pregnant women who have had a second dose at least six months prior can also make an appointment for a booster.

“Additionally, those aged 65 or older who have had the second dose over 6 months ago can walk into Pier Six on Front Street to get a booster vaccine.”

The current schedule for boosters is as follows:

NOVEMBER 2021

Location: Pier Six

·         Monday, November 1st – Thursday 4th 10 am -6 pm

·         Friday, November 5th 12 noon – 6 pm

·         Saturday, November 6th 11 am – 5 pm

·         November 8 & 9: 10 am – 6 pm 

 November 10/11/12th: NO CLINIC

 ·         Saturday, November 13th: 10 am – 2 pm

·         Monday, November 15th – Thursday 18th: 10 am – 6 pm

·         Friday, November 19th: 12 noon – 6 pm.

·         Saturday, November 20th: 10 am – 2 pm 

·         Monday, November 22nd – Thursday 25th: 10 am – 6 pm

·         Friday, November 26th: 12 noon – 6 pm

·         Saturday, November 27th: 10 am – 2 pm

·         Monday and Tuesday, November 29th & 30th: 10 am – 6 pm

DECEMBER 2021

Location: Pier Six

·         Wednesday and Thursday, December 1st & 2nd: 10 am – 6 pm

·         Friday, December 3rd: 12 noon – 6 pm

·         Saturday, December 4th: 10 am – 2 pm

·         Monday – Thursday December 6th – 9th: 10 am – 6 pm

·         Friday ,December 10th: 12 noon – 6 pm

·         Saturday, December 11th: 10 am – 2 pm

·         Monday, December 13th – Wednesday 15th: 10 am – 6 pm

·         Monday, December 20th – Thursday 23rd: 10 am – 6 pm

NO CLINICS WEEK OF December 27th  

National Sports Centre 

·         Thursday and Friday: December 16th & 17th: 12 noon – 6 pm

Also, throughout November and December, KEMH booster clinics will be held on Wednesday 8 am – 8 pm, and Sunday 8 am-8 pm. Last clinic 22nd December

COVID-19 vaccinations are also available at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, every Tuesday from 2 – 4 pm. These vaccinations are by appointment only, no walk-ins. You can get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Call 332-8906 for assistance in scheduling an appointment, or you can book online at www.gov.bm/vaccines.

To book an appointment for a booster vaccine, please visit the government website link gov.bm and select “Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment. Call the Vaccination Hotline at 444 2498 (option #2) or email vaccine@gov.bm if you have questions or concerns or are simply afraid to get the vaccine.

“The COVID-19 vaccine remains our best defence in preventing the spread of this virus. It will decrease symptoms and severe illness and, in most cases, prevent death,” added Minister Wilson. “Everyone must do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.