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Apr 14, 2021

Seven Percent of Belize’s Population Vaccinated for COVID-19

Michel Chebat

Since the Ministry of Health and Wellness began rolling out its COVID vaccine strategy in late February.  Those who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca shots are scheduled for a second jab in the coming weeks; however, there are concerns among others who are wary of the side effects of the serum.  According to Minister Michel Chebat, Belize has been following the lead of the World Health Organization.  Minister Chebat also touched on the procurement of vaccines through COVAX, as well as the associated costs.

 

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health & Wellness

“We’ve had twenty-nine thousand; nine hundred of our citizens vaccinated which is more or less about seven percent of our total population.  Clearly it is important for as many of our citizens to get vaccinated as possible to do so.  I think [that] highlighting the fact that the vaccine saves lives is very important.  The vaccine also ensures that if you were able to get COVID that you would not have severe symptoms and so all around, the benefit of getting the vaccine far outweighs any reaction that you might experience. We get a lot of guidance from WHO and from PAHO and in fact the studies that have been completed do not show that in fact the vaccine itself leads to any significant clotting.  Now I understand that there is that concern but I think that the focus has to be on the benefit of the vaccination.  The COVAX facility is a combination of about a hundred and ninety countries that have come together to access vaccines.  If you are following the world news closely, you will know that the bigger countries have dominated the vaccine and the supply of the vaccine and so what the smaller countries have done is they’ve come together and they’ve formed under this COVAX facility so that we as smaller countries were able to get vaccines.  As a matter of fact, through that organization we have acquired about two hundred and eighty-three thousand doses for our citizens.  Without that it would have been much more difficult.”


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