Guyana gets 100,000 more first dose of Sputnik V ‘COVID’ vaccine
Guyana’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been boosted with another shipment of the Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia, which landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Monday.
The News Room understands that the 100,000 vaccine is for first dose only.
Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony told the Department of Public Information that the new shipment will enable the government’s efforts to fully immunise the adult population. He said arrangements for the countrywide vaccine distribution are currently underway.
Minister Anthony said the government is working to increase the number of vaccination sites across the country so that more persons could benefit. The new sites are expected to be up and running as early as this week.
“This would complement the vaccination programme that we have, that is ongoing… We will continue to open sites across the regions. We expect that by Tuesday, Wednesday, that we will have more than 100 sites operating so those persons would like to get their vaccines there more vaccines that are currently available,” Anthony was quoted as saying by DPI.
Vaccination sites were established in collaboration with several religious, civic and non-governmental organisations across communities. Public venues are also being used to allow easy access to persons interested in the vaccine.
As of Sunday, 210,777, persons received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 76,115 persons have been fully immunised.