Over 4000 parents have already granted permission for their children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine.
The Government of Guyana this afternoon received a donation of 146,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the United States, which according to the Education Ministry is more than enough to cover Guyana’s school population of children above the age of 12-years-old.
There are just over 58,000 students across the country above the age of 12.
The donation by the United States is part of the US Government’s commitment to assisting in the fight against COVID-19 in the Caribbean.
Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica are also rolling out the vaccination of children above the age of 12.
Chargé d’ Affaires at the US Embassy Mark Cullinane outlined the commitment of the US government to the Caribbean in assisting with the fight against COVID-19.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand said the government is not making it a condition for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the school, but it is urging parents to grant permission for their children to be vaccinated.
“The Government is not making vaccination a precondition to enter school, we are however encouraging strongly for parents to give that consent. At this stage, we have not said that and we don’t want to say it. Philosophically we don’t think that school doors should ever be closed to anyone who wants to walk through them…”
The Education Minister said that despite the hesitancy, schools will be opened and a national school plan will be implemented.