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Apr 13, 2021

Phase 3 of COVID-19 Vaccination Now Open

Phase-three of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise carried out by the Ministry of Health officially opened today. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Another phase of the vaccination process has officially opened. Effective today, members of law enforcement agencies can now access vaccination stations across the country to get their jab of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Maternal & Child Health Technical Advisor, M.O.H.W.

“In phase three (A) we have the Belize Defense Force, we have coast guard and the fire services. In three (B) we have persons with co-morbidities and in three (C) we have Red Cross and utility workers and this means persons that are working in the different telephone companies, the banks, electricity and water services. For persons with co-morbidities we are inviting right now for those who are fifty years and over.”

 

Ray Good

Today, the Swift Hall in Belize City was transformed into a vaccination center and personnel from the Belize Coast Guard joined the queue of persons who came out to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as an added protection against the deadly virus. For the lawmen, the experience was great.

 

Lt. CDR Freddie Ku, Service Support Group Commander, Belize Coast Guard

“I had no fear of the vaccine. It was a smooth process of getting the vaccine and I haven’t had any side effects so far, so it is good so far.”

 

Lt. CDR Ray Good, Logistics Officer, Belize Coast Guard

“I educated myself from the time I heard about this vaccine process and I tried to do some research and I said it is a safe process. The feeling going into this was nothing for me, not even nervous; even when I went to take the needle, just a pinch like nothing. Man you take out a teeth, that’s worst that taking this vaccine.”

 

Freddie Ku

Getting vaccinated is a voluntary process and you are not mandated to participate, but it is advised that you educate yourself on the benefits, while still adhering to necessary social distancing guidelines.

 

Lt. CDR Freddie Ku

“It is definitely important for us to get vaccinated because with us having a lot of interaction with people, especially being out front – not only domestically, but also internationally – we definitely are prone and susceptible to the virus. So definitely we recommend and encourage all of those, even though it is not mandatory, but encourage those under our command – not only the Coast Guard but the Belize Defense Force and police officers to get vaccinated.”

 

Natalia Largaespada Beer

Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer

“Continue with the face masking, the social distance, the washing of the hands and sanitization, cleaning down surfaces, staying at home. As a country, that will keep us safe along with the vaccines. It cannot be because we get the vaccine we should relax these preventive measures.”

 

Phases one and two remain open and those persons who satisfy those parameters can access the vaccination stations to get their jabs. Duane Moody for News Five.


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