Six more vaccination sites open in Georgetown

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Six more vaccination sites have opened in Georgetown, and the Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony is encouraging more people, especially the younger generation, to get vaccinated.

On Wednesday, during his daily COVID-19 update, the Health Minister related that the health authorities have been trying to establish additional vaccination centres across Georgetown in an attempt to make the COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to the public.

On Tuesday, an additional six sites were established in the capital city and the Health Minister related that the Ministry of Health is working to set up another four sites before the end of the week.

Importantly, he said that health workers in Georgetown received training last week to help with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, the Health Minister also made an appeal for younger folks, who have not yet taken the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, to come forward and get vaccinated.

“… In the hospital now we are seeing relatively younger people coming into the hospital and most of these persons remain unvaccinated,” Dr. Anthony stated.

This, he explained, is due to a more serious strain of the virus resulting in younger folks experiencing the more serious and severe symptoms of COVID-19. Previously, younger folks were primarily affected by milder symptoms.

The minister also highlighted that at the end of Tuesday, Guyana was able to administer 236,409 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to people. This accounts for about 48.6 per cent of the targeted adult population.

In addition to those figures, 115,652 people, or 23. 8 per cent, received both their first and second doses of the vaccines. Two weeks after an individual receives their second dose, they are considered to be fully vaccinated.

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