Bahamas Now at Level 1 CDC Status

Ministry of Health & Wellness

Press Statement
Thursday 14th April 2022

For Immediate Release

On Thursday April 14th, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further de-escalated the COVID-19 Travel Risk Advisory Rating for The Bahamas to a Level 1 (low). This rating advises international travelers to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before travelling. The de-escalation in rating comes just three (3) weeks after the CDC reduced the rating from a Level 3 to a Level 2 on March 24th, 2022.

Minister of Health and Wellness the Honourable Dr. Michael R. Darville said the Level 1 CDC rating reflects the sustained downward trend in COVID-19 infection rates in the country which is due in small part to the manner in which Bahamians and residents have adhered to COVID-19 protocols and bodes well for our tourism industry and our economy.

He cautioned however that while our trends have been encouraging, recent international reports have confirmed surges in infection rates in China and some parts of Europe which proves that COVID-19 is still very much with us. In light of this he encourages all Bahamians and residents to continue to abide by the COVID-19 safety protocols and for those who have not yet done so to become vaccinated. We must not let our guard down he said.

Persons wishing to become vaccinated or receive their extended dose or booster can access appointments at vax.gov.bs or visit the vaccination site located at the Mall at Marathon in New Providence Mondays to Saturdays 10am to 6pm. In Grand Bahama Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm at the Susan J. Wallace Centre, and in the Family Islands at their local clinics during clinic hours.

The announcement by the CDC came via advertisement from CARPHA the Caribbean Public Health Agency today. Formal announcement of the de-escalation in travel risk to The Bahamas will be posted on the CDC's Website and Social Media Sites on Monday April 18th, 2022.


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