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Sep 1, 2021

Vaccination Saves Dr. Cuellar’s Life

Doctor Fernando Cuellar has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, being extremely vocal about the need for Belizeans to adhere to the existing regulations.  Since vaccines became available in-country earlier this year, the well-known healthcare professional has also been the voice of the vaccination initiative.  But when he contracted the deadly virus last week, it wasn’t because Doctor Cuellar was unaware of the existing protocols; it was because he let his guard down momentarily in a situation where his own humanity got the better of him. It is now the motivation for him to remind Belizeans of the need to be fully vaccinated.


Dr. Fernando Cuellar, COVID-19 Patient

“I will use this as more energy, more champion to advocate for the vaccine.  I am a hundred and fifty percent sure that that vaccine helped me a lot.  As you know, maybe for the past eighteen months, twenty months, I’ve been dealing with patients with COVID.  I’ve had some close calls before, but this one time I can remember well.  The human part of me got the better of me and I had to come close to a patient and I suspect that’s where [I contracted it.]  But it was worth it.  It was worth it in terms of showing my human part to patients and trying to console patients with COVID.  Noh mek no ghost fool yoh, the vaccine works, the vaccine works.”

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