Information released by Head of Medical Services and Cardiology at the Georgetown Hospital, Dr. Mahendra Carpen has confirmed that the majority of COVID-19 deaths in Guyana are among the unvaccinated.
In the two charts released on his Facebook page, Dr. Carpen revealed that in the month of July, 95% of admissions to the COVID-ICU and 94% of COVID deaths were persons who were not vaccinated.
The charts also revealed that in the same month of July 3% of fully vaccinated persons and 2% of partially vaccinated persons were admitted to the ICU, while in terms of deaths, 3% fully vaccinated persons and 3% partially persons passed away.
In the month of August which recorded 79 deaths, the Head of Medical Services reported that in the COVID-ICU at Lilliendaal, 81% of the persons who died there were unvaccinated, 16% were partially vaccinated and 3% were fully vaccinated. In terms of ICU admissions, there was a similar trend with 81% unvaccinated persons being admitted to the ICU while the fully vaccinated number stood at 5% and the partially vaccinated was at 14%.
The Ministry of Health continues to encourage persons to get vaccinated since the vaccine has proven to assist in lessening the symptoms, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Dr. Carpen said the numbers do not lie.
Guyana is currently facing a surge in new COVID-19 cases and deaths with over 2400 new cases and 58 deaths being recorded in the first 12 days of September.