Department of Health Offering New Vaccine Boosters

Department of Health Offering Vaccine That Protects Against Newest Strains of COVID-19

The new bivalent vaccine formulation is more effective against newest variants of virus and is available for those who qualify for booster vaccinations.

During Tuesday’s Government House Weekly Briefing, Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis announced that the Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) now has doses of a new COVID-19 vaccine that is more effective against the newest strains of the virus.

“The new formulation of the COVID-19 vaccine, the bivalent vaccine, which is more effective against the newest variants is now available at DOH clinics. We currently have 800 doses available in the territory (600 Pfizer and 200 Moderna),” Dr. Ellis said. “Private providers are requesting their inventory as well. Anyone 12 and up for the Pfizer and 18 and up for Moderna qualifies to receive this new formulation if it has been at least two months since your primary vaccine series. Alternatively, if you currently qualify for a booster, you can receive this bivalent vaccine as that booster.”

The DOH’s current COVID-19 vaccine schedule is that all vaccinations will take place as a regular part of the Department of Health’s clinic schedules. For a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, call 340-244-0016.