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Dec 9, 2021

Belizeans Getting their Booster Shots Before Christmas Celebrations

With just days now before Christmas, you may want to get your booster shot to protect yourself and your loved ones during the holidays. The Ministry of Health and Wellness began offer COVID booster shots in the latter part of October. Since it was opened up to everyone, a little over ten thousand persons have received theirs. People in the Belize District accounting for four thousand of those shots. In fact, in recent days, Dr. Diaz-Musa says that the majority of those showing at the vaccination sites are people who want their booster shots.


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa

Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Deputy Regional Manager, Central Health Region

“Initially when the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced boosters it was mainly targeted for healthcare providers as well as persons sixty years or over. So, basically the plan to do that wasn’t very difficult because they were able to go to distribute to hospitals, clinics to all the healthcare providers, these boosters as quickly and efficiently as possible. Persons over sixty were also coming in to get their boosters. Approximately two to three weeks after the decision was made to open the boosters up to anyone age eighteen and over. And things are rapidly changing because of the introduction of the Omicron (virus) as well. So the decision now is for the booster to be given at three months after the second dose and two months after the one-dose vaccine, which is the J&J (vaccine). And we have the Pfizer vaccine readily available here, so that would be the recommendation for us to give for anyone who has already been fully vaccinated. You can come in and get your booster. Now you do have a choice. And the persons who have decided and asked for AstraZeneca, we go ahead and give (it), but we do recommend that Pfizer is the booster showing improved efficacy and improved antibodies, once you get the Pfizer booster.”


Marion Ali

“So we can mix the Pfizer booster with AstraZeneca vaccination?”


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa

“That’s right, aha, with Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer, your booster could be the Pfizer vaccine.”


Marion Ali

“What about somebody who has survived COVID, like myself, and I am not sure when I should get my booster shot? What period of time should I give myself?”


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa

“That’s a question that a lot of people have asked. And you can get your booster shot one month after you tested positive for COVID, as long as you’re well, you’ve recovered well, you can come in as long as that four-week period has passed.”


Dr. Musa said that like the full dose of the vaccines, the booster also takes around fourteen days to have maximum efficacy.

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