Wilson outlines vaccination plan

  • Health minister Kim Wilson speaks at a press conference today (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Health minister Kim Wilson speaks at a press conference today (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, held a press conference regarding the status of vaccinations at the Hamilton Health Centre. Pictured from left are Lynn Jackson, Kim Wilson and David Kendell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, held a press conference regarding the status of vaccinations at the Hamilton Health Centre. Pictured from left are Lynn Jackson, Kim Wilson and David Kendell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, held a press conference regarding the status of vaccinations at the Hamilton Health Centre. Pictured from left are Lynn Jackson, Kim Wilson and David Kendell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, held a press conference regarding the status of vaccinations at the Hamilton Health Centre. Pictured from left are Lynn Jackson, Kim Wilson and David Kendell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


The Ministry of Health announced a plan of action today to encourage Bermudians to receive vaccination shots.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that Bermuda’s Strategy on Vaccination Hesitancy would aim to increase Bermuda’s vaccination coverage by 10 per cent by 2021.

The plan was put together after the ministry conducted research on the delay or refusal of vaccinations.

Ms Wilson said health officials would:

• Develop a phone application to provide reliable information on vaccines, clinic services, child growth and real-time news updates

• Implement a client exit survey to understand the delivery of vaccination services

• Organise programmes where health professionals will take the lead in receiving vaccinations • Create public forums for people to express concerns about vaccination

Ms Wilson announced her intention to increase vaccines for children under the age of six months in April.

She said that the number of children who received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine had dropped to 87 per cent — below the 95 per cent global target.

Ms Wilson added yesterday that the decreased global target, when combined with our status as a popular travel destination, made Bermuda more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease.

She said: “Not only is measles at our doorstep, being one flight away considering the recent outbreaks in New York City, but also because in Bermuda we have detected high levels of vaccine hesitancy, which means that not enough people have been vaccinated to give our people herd immunity.”

Ms Wilson issued the following advice:

• Parents should ensure that their children are vaccinated according to the recommended MMR vaccination schedule

• Travellers should have the appropriate vaccinations before travelling and be aware of their health when returning home

• Seniors should obtain the vaccinations they need to live well

• People in occupations at higher risk of exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases should be aware of their vaccination status

• To read Kim Wilson’s comments in full, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Jun 13, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jun 13, 2019 at 8:09 am)

Wilson outlines vaccination plan

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts