Cumulative COVID-19 Vaccinations in Turks and Caicos
Unpacking the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos.
The Turks and Caicos Government accepted the offer of the United Kingdom for doses of the vaccine in November 2020 shortly before it received regulatory approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom.
The Turks and Caicos, along with the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, were the only British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to receive this initial batch of vaccines from the UK. This was attributed to the Turks and Caicos having the required infrastructure to maintain the vaccine (requires cooling to -70 C) and distribute it effectively.
The Governor on 23 December 2020 announced details on who would be vaccinated first. The first priority group would be the elderly, health care workers, those with underlying medical conditions, and residents and workers at long-term care facilities. This would be followed by front-line workers at an increased risk.
The Government's intention is to offer the vaccine to everyone residing in the Turks and Caicos. The vaccine is optional and is not mandatory.
The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Turks and Caicos on 7 January 2021.