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Bonaire will receive extra vaccines for the accelerated implementation of the Bonaire vaccination program.

The number of corona infections on Bonaire is rising alarmingly fast and is putting great pressure on the limited care capacity on the island. Due to this, the pace of the Bonaire vaccination program is being increased.

Bonaire received additional vaccines.

Yesterday, an additional 11,700 BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines arrived from the Netherlands to the island. This includes the previously committed third tranche of 2,340 vaccines for healthcare workers and people over 60. For State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (VWS) and Vaccination Officer Dr. Marc Sprenger (former DG RIVM), the great pressure on healthcare is an important reason to agree with the request of Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna and Deputy Nina den Heyer to vaccinate all adults as soon as possible.

The offer is open to inoculate all adults in the Bonaire vaccination program.

With the extra vaccines, after the necessary preparations, Bonaire can start offering vaccinations to all adults starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 25. The Public Health Department will start on Thursday with the vaccination of additional risk groups and people in vital professions, such as employees in the fire brigade, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, enforcement, and the police.

Starting Monday, March 29, anyone between the ages of 18 and 59 can register for an appointment. People between the ages of 50 and 60 are scheduled first. The over-60s belong, together with the healthcare staff, to the primary target groups. Of these 5000 people in total, about 65% have had their first injection.

The Bonaire vaccination program augments availability.

The Bonaire vaccination program is being increased considerably. The number of injection days per week will go from five to six. In addition, extra vaccination stations are used so that at least 500 people can be inoculated each day, which is more than double the current number of vaccinations.

The delivery of vaccines to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, the countries of Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten, and the special municipalities of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius also depends on the available vaccines for the Netherlands.

How to make your vaccine appointment.

Call the Corona Hotline at 0800-0800.  Extra capacity has been made available, but if the line is busy, keep trying.

You may also register online at the official government crisis website at https://www.bonairecrisis.com.

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 (Kralendijk or Rincon). 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.

Update March 31, 2021, in Vaccination Registration Procedures.

It is now possible for citizens of 18 years and older to register by telephone for an appointment for the corona vaccination. This can be done via the new free telephone number: 0800 0900, as well as online.  Any questions regarding the vaccine can be addressed to this number as well.

The new number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. On Saturdays,  it is available from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM.

The new vaccination registration number 0800 0900 is open on Good Friday as well as the Saturday before Easter. If the lines are busy, callers are advised to try again later.

The other free number 0800 0800 will remain in use for people who want to make an appointment for the corona test. The call centers employ people who have been hired and trained by the Public Health Department.

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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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