Barbados has been spending $875,000 per year on vaccinations, says Health Minister John Boyce.
The Minister this morning made the disclosure of the almost $1 million annual expenditure geared towards protecting the nation’s young, while addressing the launch of Barbados’ observation of the World Health Organization-designated Vaccinations Week with a service at the Christ Church Parish Church.
He said this money was an allocation from the Pan-American Health Organization.
Boyce said that though the allocation has been coming to Barbados in ‘recent years’ only, this island has a history of routine vaccination dating back to the introduction of smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio vaccinations, which were prevalent here in the early 20th century.
“In 1979 measles was included in the routine immunization schedule, with mumps and rubella being added in 1983,” he told the congregation that included health officials, mainly from the Branford Taitt Polyclinic.
He said that other vaccines were introduced from 2008, with the most recent being HPV.