Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard personnel receive first their COVID-19 vaccines | THE DAILY HERALD

Just a few of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard personnel who were vaccinated last week Friday.

PHILIPSBURG–A team of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine Friday, April 9.

  After the Vaccine Management Team (VMT) provided an information session on Wednesday, April 7, where the staff could ask their questions, a considerable number of attendees signed up immediately, the VMT said in a press release on Wednesday.

  The VMT then arranged for the team to come to the Belair Community Center as a group and receive their vaccine on Friday, April 9.

  Jurandi Sambre, Head of Operational Services said, “I took the vaccine to keep myself and my loved ones safe. By taking the vaccine, we can stop the pandemic and continue to live our lives as normal as possible.”

  Organisations that wish to organise an information session for their staff can send an email to

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After the session, a timeslot can then be reserved for staff that wish to receive the vaccine together, just like the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard staff did last Friday.

  “With the more contagious United Kingdom (UK) variant now prominently present on our island, the need to protect ourselves against the virus has become increasingly more important,” said the release. “Only if enough people become vaccinated can we stop the virus’s spread and prevent a situation like we are seeing on the sister islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.”

  Persons can register using the online registration form, which is available in English, Spanish and Creole, and can be found at


  Registration is free and the COVID-19 vaccine is free.

  Paper-based “COVID Vaccine Registration Forms” can be picked up at several locations, including the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Department of Labor Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building and select pharmacies.

  The VMT also encourages everyone to assist friends, family, neighbours and loved ones with the registration as some may struggle with the process. “Ask if you can help with registration, transport or support if you suspect that someone could need it, because only together can we reach our goal,” the team encouraged.

  If persons have questions about the registration process, their appointment, or wish for information, they can call CPS at 914 or e-mail

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