60.8% of target population vaccinated with first dose ~ WIC News
The St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Health successfully vaccinated 60.8% of the target population with the first dose of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine, while 23.2% received both vaccines.
Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris applauded everyone for coming forward for the COVID-19 vaccine; he said the country is making significant progress and everyone should keep moving forward to get the economy back in the right direction.
Dr Cameron Wilkinson, chief medical officer at Joseph N. France General Hospital, said more than 60 percent of the country’s adult population has sent a strong message by receiving their vaccines. He said some people are holding back because of real concerns to which health practitioners have responded.
Dr Wilkinson said the coronavirus vaccine offers 63-83% protection against serious illness from the virus; he said the vaccine also prevents intensive care and the severe effects of the disease. He advised people who received the vaccine four weeks ago to go ahead and get a second injection so that they are fully immunized.
A total of 27,749 doses of Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine were administered in Saint Kitts and Nevis. According to official statistics, 21,140 doses were administered in St. Kitts and 6,609 in Nevis.
The Ministry of Health has published that 7,659 people are now fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
A recent cluster of coronavirus outbreaks has led to 17 active COVID-19 patients in the country; following the recent hike; the government immediately ordered a two-week curfew. All schools and educational establishments will also remain closed. The government has ordered that all public transport can operate with 50% of passenger capacity.
Authorities have also said that people traveling between St. Kitts and Nevis do not have to show proof of the COVID-19 vaccine but must comply with all health and safety protocols created to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.