Omicron cases discovered in St Kitts and Nevis

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Hazel Laws confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in St Kitts and Nevis. CMO provided information during the recent media briefing. 

St Kitts and Nevis: Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Hazel Laws confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in St Kitts and Nevis. CMO provided information during the recent media briefing. 

The twin-island Federation is now witnessing the fourth wave of the deadliest COVID-19 virus. 

“The Omicron variant has been labelled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 22, 2021. The Federation sent off a small package of three (3) samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for genomic sequencing; out of which, two returned positive for the Omicron variant of concern,” CMO noted.  

Furthermore, Dr Laws noted that the island currently contains the Omicron and the Lambda COVID-19 variants.

“The Lambda variant has been in circulation for the past seven months”. 

“Related to the 2918 cases of COVID-19, based on our analysis, sixty-eight (68) percent of these cases are unvaccinated, only twenty-six (26) percent are fully vaccinated, and the remainder, about seven (7) percent are partially vaccinated” CMO cited. 

“So, it remains a disease impacting the vulnerable and unvaccinated among us. I want to use this plug to reach out to those who are not yet vaccinated, empower yourself with the latest information and come on board and enjoy a level of protection against COVID-19 by consenting to the vaccine,” she added. 

CMO noted that the twin-island’s Federation is continuously encouraging the citizens to come forward and take their jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 

She emphasized that vaccination is the sole way to win over the deadliest COVID-19 virus. 

Vaccination in St Kitts and Nevis – 

Around 81.3% of the St Kitts and Nevis population has received its first dose of the vaccine, while 75.8% are now fully inoculated against the virus. 

Meanwhile, 5.3% have received their booster shots. At the same time, 16.3% of children received their first dose of the vaccine, and 14% of children are fully inoculated.