President Irfaan Ali, First Lady Arya Ali and Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo all received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday at State House.
The Office of the President released information about the vaccinations today.
In a statement, the President encouraged citizens to take the vaccine, while reminding that it’s not mandatory for them to take it.
“Fellow Guyanese I’m very pleased to inform you that I took the COVID-19 vaccine. And I want to take this opportunity to encourage every Guyanese to take the vaccine. While it is not mandatory, I want to urge you, as far as possible, to consider taking the vaccine.”
He said as Guyana tries to beat the pandemic, it will become more important for citizens to be protected against the virus. The President said his government is still pushing to have every citizen vaccinated by the end of this year.
“Only today, I had engagement with the Organization of Islamic Conference. We continue to reach out directly to suppliers of the Russian vaccine, Sinopharm, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca. We’ve also reached out to other suppliers in the UAE, because you know it is becoming a global shortage in getting the vaccines itself.”
The President said the government will continue to explore every avenue to access additional vaccines. Guyana has so far received just over 100,000 vaccines and another 100,000 are expected in the coming weeks.