Chief Medical Officer, Dr. The Most Honourable Kenneth George, is informing the public that Pfizer BioNTech, with authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration, has extended the recommended expiration dates of COVID-19 Vaccines from nine months to one year from the date of manufacture.
As a result, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available in Barbados with the manufacture date of November 2021 have a 12-month shelf life until October 31st, 2022.
In a statement released this afternoon, the CMO assured the public that the Pfizer COVID Vaccines administered remain safe and effective and still offer an opportunity for controlling the spread of COVID-19. He says the Pfizer vaccines will therefore continue to be available until the end of October 2022.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Wellness says it will continue to source COVID-19 vaccines on the open market.
Supporting documentation regarding this change in expiry date is entitled “Expiry Information for All Three Vaccine Presentations” and was published on April 26th, 2022. It may be found at https://www.cvdvaccine-us.com/images/pdf/Expiry_Doc.pdf.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness says it will continue to provide updates on important matters particularly as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the best interest of the public.