The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has officially confirmed allocation of 74,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Saint Lucia ‘ahead of schedule’.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the announcement Tuesday night during a wide-ranging address to the nation.
The address dealt with this country’s response to COVID-19.
Officials estimate that the vaccines should arrive during mid to late February, 2021.
Chastanet said the Ministry of Health has prepared a plan to disseminate the vaccines starting in the first week of March.
“The vaccines will be free of charge,” the Prime Minister explained.
He also said the vaccines will be administered on a voluntary basis.
Chastanet said officials of the Ministry of Health will be providing further updates to the public.
He said he understands the concerns people have about the vaccine.
However, the PM said the authorities will ensure that everyone has adequate and accessible information to make the best decision.
“As with everything else, we are going to cross this bridge together,” Chastanet observed.