Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony has announced that his Ministry will continue its nationwide inoculation of persons who have already received a first shot of the Sputnik vaccine from tomorrow.
A total of 10,000 2nd dose shots arrived in the country this morning and will cater for the remaining persons who received the first shot in April and those who got their first shot in May.
The vaccines will be distributed to the 10 administrative regions. There are thousands of persons awaiting their 2nd shot of the vaccine to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Health Minister today reminded that for those persons who have not received any vaccine as yet, there are still first and second doses of the AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines available as well as the first dose shots for Sputnik.
“We know a lot of persons who took their first dose. And they, some of them are now becoming eligible for their second dose…. We have been following that protocol so those persons, as of last week, as you would recall we have started giving the second dose to those persons who got their first dose in April. We’ll continue that process from tomorrow anybody remaining from April will be able to access their second dose,” Dr. Anthony said.
More than 50% of Guyana’s adult population has received the first shot of one of the Coronavirus vaccines while less than 30% of the population is fully vaccinated.
The Government is hoping to get at least 80% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The number of new cases of the virus and its death toll has been climbing steadily in recent weeks.