As Guyana continues with its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and get more citizens vaccinated, the US Government has announced a decision to donate enough Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to cover the entire Guyana population.
US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch confirmed the decision on Thursday as the Embassy hosted its US Independence reception.
“The United States Government is prepared to collaborate with Guyana and the Ministry of Health to donate as many Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as Guyana needs. We are very excited about that, and this includes boosters, pediatric doses to fully vaccinate all of Guyana’s adults, adolescents, and children who are eligible”, the Ambassador said.
Over the past two years, the US has supported Guyana’s fight against COVID-19 by donating vaccines, personal protective equipment, and funding to assist the Ministry of Health.
More than 87% of Guyana’s adult population has received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines while 67% of the adult population is fully vaccinated. Just 13% of those who are fully vaccinated have returned for booster shots.
The Ministry of Health has been trying to get more people to get their booster shots since the efficacy of the vaccines declines over time.