Bonaire prepares to receive the freezers for storage of the coronavirus vaccines.
Before Bonaire can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the necessary storage freezers must be installed on the island.
These two freezers will arrive in Bonaire on Monday, January 25. a team from the RIVM (The National Institute for Public Health and Environment) will arrive on the island on Thursday, January 28 to check that all is set and organized to begin vaccinations in mid-February.
One of the freezers is reserved for the storage of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine, which must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. The second freezer is suitable for the storage of the Moderna vaccine, this vaccine must be stored at -20 degrees Celsius.
The PfizerBioNTech vaccine will be the first vaccine to be used on Bonaire.
Bonaire will receive the PfizerBioNTech vaccine for the first phase of vaccinations. It is not yet known if Bonaire will receive the Moderna vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine that has yet to be approved, but will be prepared for either vaccine.
Vaccinations will take place in stages on Bonaire.
In the first phase, people aged 70 and older will be vaccinated along with those working in health care.
The second stage will vaccinate those people over sixty years of age as well as those who are considered high risk (people with cardiovascular disease, lung disease, or diabetes).
In the third stage, all healthy people from 18 to 60 years will be vaccinated.