Barbados to Vaccinate Foreign Travelers Beginning in May
The Government of Barbados has announced its intention to offer Covid-19 vaccines to visitors, beginning in May. With over 12.5% of the population receiving their first shot of the vaccine within two weeks, Barbados now leads the way for vaccinations in the Caribbean.
“To ensure widespread protection, the Government has signaled its intent to obtain more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for persons on island, whether they are citizens or not, by the end of April or early May 2021,” the official tourism authority of Barbados told Travel Off Path in an email.
This means that visitors of all ages to Barbados could have access to a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as May. With dozens of countries lagging behind in their vaccination programs, many travelers may begin looking elsewhere to receive their shot.
While further details have not been released at this time, travelers that may receive preference could be those already in Barbados on programs such as the 1 year Barbados Welcome Stamp. Other travelers given priority could include long stay tourists and snowbirds.
The first 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Barbados as a donation from India. Now as the Caribbean nation looks to secure more doses, the island is ready to offer them to visitors once its population is vaccinated.
Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley’s government expects to have its entire population fully vaccinated by the end of April.