Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony on Monday announced that Guyana has surpassed a major milestone in its vaccination campaign- fully inoculating more than half of the adult population.
During Monday’s COVID-19 update, Dr. Anthony said 51 per cent of the adult population has been fully vaccinated against the deadly virus. This is as a result of the high vaccination rate in Region Four.
“So, this is not the entire Guyanese population. Of the adult population, we have achieved the 51 per cent.” While this milestone is applauded, he said that some regions are still lagging in vaccination.
“So we are 43.2 per cent in Region One; Region Two: 41.6 per cent, for Region Three: 48.9 per cent; Region Four: 58.5 per cent; Region Five: 51.9 per cent; Region Six: 49.8 per cent; Region Seven: 46.9 per cent; Region Eight: 34.8 per cent; Region Nine: at 53.4 per cent, and Region Ten is at 22.3 per cent. So, these are persons 18 years and over who would have received both doses of the vaccines.”
As of Monday, the Ministry of Health recorded 391, 521 adults taking the first dose of a covid vaccine; this represents 76.3 per cent of that population. Some 261,811 adults or 51 per cent of that population have already returned for the second dose of the vaccine.
For persons 12 to 17 years, 28, 345 or 38.9 per cent were vaccinated with the first dose, while 19, 536 or 26.8 per cent received the second shot. Despite vaccination numbers progressively increasing, persons are still flouting the COVID-19 guidelines. And this, according to the health minister is resulting in more positive cases.
Over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health detected 55 new cases, increasing the active cases to 2,412. Fifty persons are currently hospitalised.
“Thirty-two persons are now at the Ocean View Hospital with 15 of them in the ICU. The others are in different regional hospitals like four at Suddie Hospital, three at West Demerara, two at the Region Five facility, one at Skeldon, one at Bartica, two at Mahdia and we have four persons in the Wismar Hospital.”
Region Three is still topping the chart with 1,014 cases. Minister Anthony is urging citizens to come forward and get vaccinated against COVID-19.