Ministry calls on Guyanese to ignore wild tales, conspiracy theories
The Ministry of Health (MOE) says that even as it continues with its COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, it is still concerned about “the continued reckless behavior of certain persons who have taken an anti-vax stance”.
While noting that vaccination is not mandatory in Guyana, it is an effective public health measure and protects against certain diseases. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, it will protect against severe illnesses and, therefore, is an imperative for every citizen, the MOH said.
“For those who are publicly castigating vaccination with conspiracy theories, we urge that they desist. The vaccines in use will protect people, making them safer and stopping the COVID-19 virus. It will not turn anyone into something else; it will definitely not turn anyone into any animal. We urge citizens to dismiss these conspiracy theories and to ignore those spreading wild tales.”
As of April 3, the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered across Guyana was 40,468. Of this total, 12 second doses were administered. Guyana has surpassed 3,000 vaccinations in a day three times during last week. The top three Regions, as would be expected, were the largest populated regions – Regions Four, Six and Three – in that order. The least numbers were recorded in Region 8, followed by Region 10 and Region 9. Only these three regions have recorded less than 1,000 vaccinations so far.
The MOH’s target for the coming week is to administer 40,000 first dose vaccines. It aims to also complete several hundred second dose vaccines this week.