The Government of Guyana’s vaccination drive for adolescents is moving apace with some 2,176 persons already in receipt of a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The government’s push to vaccinate the 12 – 18-year-old population comes as the commencement of the new academic year edges closer. The administration has already given its commitment to have schools reopen for the September term commencing on the 6th.
Asked for his assessment of the rollout, Minister Anthony said, “So far, the exercise has been good. We’ve had a lot of parents bring their children to get their vaccination…We also noted that sometimes parent when they bring their children, they themselves are asking for the vaccine. So, I think that’s a good thing as well. But so far, I think the rollout has been good.”
Vaccination of adolescents is taking place today at the Bladen Hall Multilateral School, East Coast Demerara, and the Diamond Secondary School, East Bank Demerara. Minister Anthony said that the vaccination is not only for students but is also being offered to anyone between the ages of 12 and 17.
Tomorrow, vaccination will take place at Queen’s College, Georgetown; the Leonora Secondary School on the West Coast of Demerara; and Greenwich Park Primary School, East Bank Essequibo.
On September 2, teams will be at the West Demerara Secondary School. The campaign will move to Region Six the following day to the Corentyne Comprehensive School, Berbice High School, and the Skeldon Line Path Secondary.