The Regional Health Office in Linden has launched a house-to-house campaign to get more residents of the community vaccinated against Coronavirus.
While the Region 10 community continues to lag behind the rest of Guyana with the number of persons vaccinated, the spread of the virus has been increasing steadily in the region, especially in Linden.
In the past two weeks more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in the region.
The house-to-house vaccination campaign will begin in the Amelia’s Ward Housing Scheme today. Amelia’s Ward which is located in Mackenzie has a population of more than 8,000 people.
Regional Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Harris told News Source this morning that the initiative is to “basically capture persons who have a busy working schedule and those who may find it difficult to get to a fixed site” for the vaccines.
He said the house-to-house initiative will also provide an opportunity for persons to have a one-one-one discussion with the health teams about the vaccine to clear the doubts and myths that are being spread.
“Our hope is that more persons will be willing to accept the vaccine since they are in their comfort zones”, Dr. Harris said.
Only 13% of the adult population of Region 10 has been vaccinated, leaving the region in last place when it comes to vaccinations across the country.
Both the Government and Opposition have hosted vaccination campaigns of their own in the region to encourage more persons to get vaccinated, but the numbers have only trickled up slightly.
Region 10 Chairman Deron Adams, who was earlier this year diagnosed with COVID and has since made a full recovery, wants citizens in his region to take the vaccine.
Adams who is now fully vaccinated told News Source this morning that residents in his community need to pay attention to doctors and credible sources about the vaccines and not listen those peddling myths and untruths.
“Everyone now has their own perspective and many doctors and experts have cropped up. Residents should only look to credible organisations like the World Health Organisation”, he said while adding that “the vaccine does not protect you from contracting COVID but it protects you from death”.
The Regional Chairman said the region has already lost too many of its citizens to COVID-19 and persons need to now take a more active role in safeguarding themselves.
“I am willing to support any approach taken at this point and if we have to do house-to-house vaccination, then so be it. Every other region is ahead of us at this point, so take your vaccines and save yourself and loved ones”, Chairman Adams urged.
Since the first case of Coronavirus was recorded in Guyana in March 2020, Region 10 has recorded 1,290 cases of the virus with 32 deaths.
There are currently 162 active cases in the region with 156 of those persons in home isolation.