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COVID-19 vaccine drive off to good start in Essequibo

Some 300 students could be taking their vaccines today Friday as the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Education launches a vaccination drive in Region Two. The drive aims at vaccinating children ages twelve to seventeen years old as students prepare to return to face to face classes.

Regional Health Officer of Region Two, Ranjeev Singh told this publication that some 300 consent letters were already signed by parents.

“We have sufficient vaccines for children who are above ages twelve to seventeen. We have enough doses to vaccinate all the children in Region Two,” Singh said, “we are hoping that parents encourage and bring their children out, because the delta variant is not having a sympathy on children.”

The vaccination drive will launched at the Anna Regina Multilateral school and will continue on Saturday at the Aurora Primary and Secondary schools.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, vaccines will be administered at at the Johana Cecelia and Charity schools, the 8th of May Secondary, and the Kabakaburi Primary School respectively.

This publication was told that the Vaccination drive will be a continuous process, until all persons are vaccinated.

“The vaccination drive will never stop, not until every child and every adult is vaccinated. We are adamant that we will get the support of the people. We have been advocating, and in the coming weeks we will be more visible and informative using both television and radio… we’re hoping we can convince them to have their children vaccinated,” Singh said.

The Pfizer vaccine was fully approved on August 23rd by the Food and Drug Administration, and on August 25th over 146,000 Pfizer vaccines arrived in Guyana. Recent reports suggest that more than three thousand school children have already been vaccinated.