Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2022. 8:30 p.m. CST.
By Aaron Humes: Thursday evening, the Ministry of Health announced that “beyond the end of May 2022, the Pfizer vaccine will no longer be available until further notice; only the Janssen [Johnson and Johnson] the vaccine will be available at the vaccination sites.
This is, among other reasons, why Belizeans who are fully vaccinated are encouraged to take another booster dose of the virus if they have already received one within four months.
Healthcare workers, people aged 60 and over and people with chronic illnesses are especially encouraged to go to the nearest vaccination site. He also cites students over the age of 12, with the education sector targeting full face-to-face learning for the new school year in August.
As the ministry reminds us, “infections with SARS-COV-2 or COVID-19 continue to be a public health concern worldwide.” Some regions are grappling with a new sub-variant, BA.2, of the faster-spreading Omicron variant that hit the world in late 2021 in 2022.
The ministry says: “The rate of infections and hospitalizations due to serious illness depends on the circulation of variants of the virus. Boosters have been shown to increase the immune response to COVID-19 with data showing that fewer infections, hospitalizations and deaths are seen in vaccinated people compared to those who are not.
A high percentage of vaccinated people, frequent hand washing and physical distancing are preventive measures that will protect us from COVID-19, he concludes.
As of Thursday, Belize has 137 active cases after a reported increase in the past 24 hours. More than half of Belizeans have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but the percentage fully immunized continues to lag.
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