As vaccination is the sole way to defeat the COVID pandemic, therefore all the countries are trying to achieve their set targets of herd immunity. Guyana has also paced up its vaccination drive as the Ministry of Health informs that around 51 percent of Guyanese people is fully vaccinated now, which counts for 261,811 individuals.
During a recent press conference, the Health Minister – Dr Frank Anthony, highlighted that Region Four, Five and Nine have the highest vaccinated number of the adult population. On the other hand, Region Eight and ten have the least percentage of vaccinated individuals, that is – 34.8 per cent and 22.3 per cent, respectively.
Dr Anthony further noted that a total of 391,521 adults, which counts for 76.3 percent of the population, is now vaccinated atleast with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The island nation is currently administering Johnson and Johnson, Oxford AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines at its vaccination centres.
It is indeed good news for the Caribbean island, but the nation still needs to vaccinate the rest of the population as soon as possible. There are many regions in Guyana that still have a low vaccination rate and where people are hesitating to come forward and take their jabs of the vaccine.
COVID-19 cases statistics of Guyana:
As per the numbers, so far, there are a total of 36,872 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, whereas, in total, 959 individuals have lost their lives to the deadliest mutant.
At present, 50 people are in the hospital facilities, out of which thirty-two persons are now at the Ocean View Hospital, with 15 of them in the ICU. While the remaining are in different regional hospitals, like – 4 at Suddie Hospital, 3 at West Demerara, 2 at the Region Five facility, 1 at Skeldon, 1 at Bartica, 2 at Mahdia, and 4 patients in the Wismar Hospital.
The health minister advised the general public to strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines and health protocols in order to ensure their safety along with their loved ones.