… Over 52,000 people were vaccinated – the Health Minister
More than 52,000 people across Guyana received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week – a landmark achievement as the Government seeks to vaccinate the entire adult population.
Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony said the health system had increased its daily immunization statistics to an estimated 4500. This week, authorities were aiming to vaccinate 40,000 people and have already exceeded this target.
“We have completed vaccination for 52,554 people and so we are on track with what we have identified. I think that’s good that people are coming out to get their vaccines. Most of the vaccines we use are two doses so those people who have taken the Sinopharm vaccine, many of them are now due. “
Although the interval between doses for the Sinopharm and Sputnik vaccines is four weeks, the AstraZeneca timeline is at least 12 weeks. For a person to be considered fully immunized, it must wait seven days after the second dose is given.
“We started using the Sputnik vaccines. However, in order to introduce these vaccines, we had to retrain our staff because these vaccines had to be kept at a certain temperature. We have to maintain what you would consider to be very cold temperatures, -18 to -20 (degrees Celsius). Once we defrost those vaccines, you can’t go and put them back in the fridge, ”he outlined.
If a person contracts the virus after taking the first dose, he must recover completely before taking the second one. Next week, another batch of the Sinopharm vaccine will arrive – the second of several until 200,000 doses are delivered.