The Barbados government Tuesday said that it fully supports vaccines being administered by private doctors, as well as through the island’s polyclinics.
In a statement reacting to a newspaper article on Monday, the Ministry of Health sought to give this reassurance stating that all vaccines imported into Barbados and used by both the private and public sector were “safe, reliable and effective”.
The Ministry said that the Daily Nation newspaper in an article entitled “Warning about Vaccine Providers” said it was based on an address delivered recently by a senior medical official to mark Vaccination Week in the Americas.
“The address urged parents, when seeking information about vaccines online, to be guided only by reputable vaccine authorities, such as the Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Ministry explained.
It said that members of the public were also urged to seek information on vaccines from the polyclinics, private doctors or the Ministry.