PHILIPSBURG: Pregnant women, 16 and 17 years old with specific underlying health conditions proven by a letter from their pediatrician or general practitioner or who can prove that vaccination is a requirement to enter tertiary education in the study year 2021-2022 are now eligible for the COVID-19 jab on St. Maarten.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved for persons 16 years and older before the vaccination rollout started on St. Maarten. However, priority was given to the elderly.
The Dutch Health Council, an independent scientific institute that advises the Dutch Government on health issues, has recently released an advice to offer the Pfizer vaccine to children 16 and 17 year-olds who have certain serious underlying conditions.
In the United States, the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 12 – 15-years old was recently approved. VMT will await an official advice from the Dutch Health Council before further changes will be made in reducing the eligible age for those that can be vaccinated.
Register for the vaccine online or walk-in at the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) office in Philipsburg or the Belair Community Center for on-site registration and vaccination.