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Vaccine Second Dose Scheduling Increased by Two Weeks

Saint Lucia has commenced Phase Two of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. During this phase, people at medium risk of being exposed to COVID-19 are being targeted for vaccination. That includes people who work within the commercial, tourism, education and transportation sectors.

Based on guidance from the World Health Organization on the protocol for administering the AstraZeneca Vaccine, Saint Lucia has revised the interval for the second dose, increasing it from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. This has been done given the increased effectiveness which results from a wider period of time for receiving the second dose. As such, people who received their vaccine at the beginning of the campaign shall receive the second dose as follows:

March 1, 2021 to March 6, 2021 April 26, 2021 to April 30, 2021
March 8, 2021 to March 13, 2021 May 3, 2021 to May 8, 2021
March 15, 2021 to March 18, 2021 May 10, 2021 to May 14, 2021

Individuals, who received the first dose of the vaccine from March 19, 2021 onwards, are asked to maintain the second dose appointment which they were given at the time of vaccination by the Health Care Provider.

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