The House this afternoon passed $51.4M in supplementary funds to provide subsistence and offset local transportation costs for medical workers operating at vaccination sites across the country.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony in defending the allocation, said that vaccine hesitancy resulted in workers being redeployed to those communities, thereby necessitating the need for more funds. This, he said, was unforeseen and could not be catered for in the previously allocated sum upwards of $191M. Of the $51.4M, 40 percent will go toward subsistence and the remainder, transportation.
Guyana has administered some 7,914 COVID-19 booster shots to its citizens, the Minister disclosed. He reported also that 407,828 adults have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 289,095 receiving both doses, representing 79 percent and 56 percent of the adult population respectively. Meanwhile, 29,920 children, between the ages of 12 and 18, received a single dose and 21,175 taking both jabs. According to the Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, this represents 41 percent and 29 percent, of that age cohort.