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– more youth encouraged to get immunised
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony says while there has been a significant increase in the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations across the country, more people still need to get inoculated so Guyana can achieve herd immunity faster.
The Minister made this statement during his COVID-19 update on Friday. Dr. Anthony noted that East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) has taken the lead in the ongoing immunisation campaign, with a 43.6 per cent vaccination rate among its adult population.
Region One follows with 39.2 per cent and Region Five with 38.5 per cent. Region Three has a 37.5 per cent rate; Region Seven, 37.1 per cent; Region Four, 36.9 per cent; Region Two, 36.4 per cent; Region Nine, 34.9 per cent and Region Eight, 23.9 per cent. Dr. Anthony said Region Ten which has had a very low vaccination rate of nine per cent, has seen an increase to 11 per cent. The Minister is appealing to the local authority to encourage persons to take their vaccines. Region Ten has more than 140 active COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday, 177, 649 persons countrywide have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, representing 36 per cent of the adult population. Another 47, 504 persons have received their second dose, representing 9.8 per cent of the population now fully immunised.
However, more work needs to be done to improve immunisation among the 18-40 age group.
“When we look at the number of infections that is occurring, new cases of infection, we are seeing those new cases are predominantly between 18 and 40 and so, this group is more vulnerable to the infection because they are more active; they are moving around; they are coming in contact with persons who are positive and because of that they can spread the infection to others. So, it is important that we immunize this age group.”
Minister Anthony said the bulk of the vaccines is being administered to the more senior persons in the adult population.
“We have also seen when we break it down by age, that we have had for persons 60 and above, we have been able to immunise now, with the first does vaccine about 66.2 per cent of that population. For persons between 40 to 59 age group, 33.7 per cent and for persons 39 to 18 age group, 27.2 per cent,” he said. The Ministry of Health will be hosting a drive through vaccination event at 09:00 hours on Saturday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara. Minister Anthony is urging persons to make full use of the opportunity to get immunised.