St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (May 15, 2021) – The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that children ages 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since the agency expanded its Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Virgin Islands Department of Health has adopted this new change and pleased to say that children ages 12 to 15 can be vaccinated for COVID-19 locally as well.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — In a joint statement from CDC and FDA, it has been recommended that the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States be paused out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13. According to the statement, of the 6.8 million Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the United States to date, six cases of a type of blood clot called “cerebral venous sinus thrombosis” (CVST) were seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).
February 12, 2021 – The COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Call-Center will be closed on February 15, 2021 in observance of President’s Day. On-line vaccine scheduling registration will remain available 24/7 for all governmental agencies and organizations currently included in Phases 1a and 1b, as well as all senior residents aged 65 years or older. Registration forms in both English and Spanish are available at http://www.vitema.vi.gov/news/covid-19- vaccination
The VA Caribbean Healthcare System will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the following groups of Veterans in the St Thomas / St John district:
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. sent a letter to Senate President Donna Frett Gregory on Monday requesting that the 34th Legislature approve a 30-day extension to the State of Emergency, which is set to expire on Saturday, February 6. The Governor has asked that current State of Emergency be extended until March 8, 2021. Under Title 23, Chapter 10, Section 1005 of the V.I. Code, the Legislature has 5 days to act on a request to extend a State of Emergency and the measure automatically ratified if no legislative action is taken.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — During the Government House weekly press briefing on Monday, February 1, 2021, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen announced a new hotline for individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider to get the shot.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — The VI Department of Health maintains that there is no out-ofpocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Healthcare providers who are part of the COVID-19 vaccination program are mandated by the Centers for Disease Control to submit claims for administrative fees and expenses instead of charging patients who are interested in receiving the vaccine. The department is now serving phase 1B.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — The Virgin Islands Department of Health has ended its investigation of the unexpected death of a 41-year old male on St. Thomas who recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago. Health officials, after receiving an evaluation from the medical examiner and the department’s Epidemiology division, determined that the death was not related to COVID-19. As it stands, there have been twenty-four deaths related to COVID-19 in the territory.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — The Virgin Islands Department of Health is investigating the unexpected death of a 41-year old male on St. Thomas who recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago. Health officials are waiting for evaluation from the medical examiner for more details to determine if there is any direct relation to COVID-19. The deceased’s next of kin has been notified.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands—The Virgin Islands Department of Health is carefully monitoring the reports out of California of possible adverse reactions from a particular Moderna lot (041L20A). We have received vaccine allotments from this identified lot/batch in the territory. Fortunately, we have not had any reports of unexpected or severe adverse effects within the territory or among the individuals vaccinated from this specific supply.