With concerns mounting over the COVID-19 death rate in Guyana, the Minister of Health has made it clear that none of the COVID-19 deaths are related to the vaccines being administered.
More than 154,000 persons have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 7,000 persons have been fully vaccinated.
“We have been monitoring everyone who has received their vaccine, and we have been monitoring to see how many of them have side effects. As far as I’m aware, I don’t think we have had any cases of persons dying after receiving their full dose of vaccination. So that’s something that we have been constantly checking. So, once you have received those two doses, we haven’t seen anyone who has received those two doses and dying from the infection, so, that a very positive thing”, Dr. Anthony said.
The Health Minister is also calling on those persons who have received their first dose of the vaccine to ensure they take the second dose. He said both doses are needed for adequate protection.
“There is still a possibility that after your first dose of the vaccine people can get infected and if they get infected we don’t anticipate that they will get the severe form of the disease. We have had a few cases like that and we have tracked those cases and we haven’t seen any adverse outcomes and those persons were able to get their second dose and after that, they did fairly well.”
The Ministry of Health is preparing to unveil a major public relations push to get more persons vaccinated as there is still some level of hesitancy and skepticism about the vaccine.
Vaccination sites have been set up in every region, with most hospitals and health centres being used.