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Bonaire vaccination program now open for registration for health care personnel and residents over 60.

Doses available for 2000 persons.

Starting today, the Department of Public Health began its Bonaire vaccination program with an initial supply for 2000 persons.  Healthcare personnel and those residents over the age of 60 may make an appointment either by telephone or online to get their initial Pfizer vaccine. Two injections, three weeks apart, are required for this vaccine to work properly.

Applicants must answer questions about their health when registering by telephone and online. They may be referred to their doctor first to see if they can have the vaccine.  In this case, appointments for the vaccination are only scheduled after someone has seen the doctor. If you’re not sure if you must see your doctor first, check by calling the Corona hotline at 0800-0800.

Register for your vaccine by telephone.

The free Corona hotline for making vaccine registrations and appointments is available by telephone from Monday to Saturday (8:00 AM to 8:00 PM) and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Register for your vaccine online.

For registering for your appointment online, visit www.bonairecrisis.com, which is available 24 hours per day.  Whenever possible, Public Health prefers that people register online.  Simply click on the button “Register Covid Vaccination” to make an appointment. You must complete an online health check, and then the application will be processed. The appointments for the two injections will be emailed within two working days.

The Pfizer Vaccine requires two injections, at least three weeks apart.

If people do not need to see their doctor first, they will receive two appointments, one for the first injection, and the other for the second shot. The time between the first and the second injection is at least three weeks. After the telephone and online registration, the two appointments will be confirmed by e-mail. People who do not have email themselves can enter an email address of a family member or acquaintance.

General information about your vaccine appointment.

Please note that it is not possible to specify a preference for a date or time when registering. However, the desired location can be specified. The place and time of the vaccination will be stated in the email to confirm the appointments. On the day of the appointment, people must bring a valid ID (driver’s license, passport, or sédula).

After the first injection, everyone will receive a vaccination card with the name of the vaccine, the batch number, and the date of the shot. The information is also passed on to your doctor if you have provided permission for this during the health check. Corona vaccines are scarce and expensive. If you are not able to make your scheduled appointment, please immediately contact the call center at 0800-0800.

On Monday, February 22, the vaccination of the healthcare personnel will begin at the Fundashon Mariadal injection site. On Monday, March 1st, those residents over 60 will begin receiving their injections.

Vaccinations can be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Kompleho Deportivo Jorge Nicolaas located on Kaya Amsterdam. On Wednesdays, the vaccination team will be at the Fundashon Cocari injection site in Rincon.

Phase 3 COVID-19 measures continue on Bonaire through March 4, 2021.

The corona measures now in place are continued for another two-week timeframe, until March 4, 2021. Because COVID-19 infections on the island are again increasing, it has been decided to retain the Phase 3 measures in place.

If infections continue to rise, measures may need to be tightened to higher restrictions.

A number of measures have been added to this phase. These are the following measures:

At weddings and funerals, a maximum of 100 people is allowed, if space allows. The space must then be large enough that all 100 people present can keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. The measure does not apply to wedding parties. Therefore, a maximum of 50% of the capacity may be used with a maximum of 50 people. Guests must register and are not allowed to sing or dance. The daytime activities for the elderly may take place if a maximum of 50% of the capacity is used.

Sporting events with the public are now permitted in this phase. This is only allowed if the event takes place outside and there is a registration and a health check. 50% of the capacity may be used, and there may be a maximum of 50 people in the audience. It is not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks. Organizers are called upon to be cautious about admitting the public at this stage. The numbers are not steadily low, which is why an outbreak can happen again.

Other Phase 3 COVID-19 measures remain:

Catering establishments and casinos.

Starting today, catering establishments may remain open until midnight.  Casinos may remain open until 02:00 AM, but the catering section must close at midnight. The rules of a maximum of 50% capacity and fixed seating areas remain in effect.

Professionally organized events.

At professionally organized events, 50% of the capacity may be used with a maximum of 50 participants. Visitors must register, it is not allowed to sing or dance.

Contact professions.

People with a contact profession must wear a mouth mask during work.

Churches and religious services.

In the churches, churchgoers are allowed to sing modestly, but the windows of the church must be open.

Workplace.

In practice, it appears that workplaces are one of the riskiest places where people can become infected with the virus. That is why the advice is still to work from home or to arrange the workplace in such a way that the employees work at a safe distance from each other.

Indoor sports.

50% of the capacity may be used for indoor sports, the public is not allowed. Those present must register, do a health check and go home immediately afterward.

Outdoor sports.

Outdoor sports activities are allowed, 50% of the capacity may be used if the public is in attendance. The condition is that adults keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. For the rest, the same rules apply to outdoor sports as indoor sports.

Phase 3 COVID-19 measures on Bonaire.

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(Source:  OLB)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


 

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