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Chief Medical Officer – “empower yourself and come onboard”

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by Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws is reporting on deaths, cases as well as the vaccination rate related to the coronavirus disease present in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We now have counted a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths. We have looked at the data related to these deaths and 23 of these 27 cases were unvaccinated or 85 percent of the deaths unvaccinated,” Dr. Laws said.

Nineteen of the 27 COVID-19 related deaths were older than age 60, six were in the age group of 40 to 59, one person was in the age group of 30 to 39, and another individual in the age group of 20 to 29.

Dr. Laws explained that “if you are 60 years and over, and if you are still unvaccinated, your risk of picking up COVID-19 is significant and if you have underlying comorbidities, and you pick up COVID-19, you can easily progress to moderate and severe COVID-19.

She encouraged people who are “50 or 60 years and over, and you have not yet come forward to accept the vaccine, we want you to empower yourselves and come on board.”

Statistics from the Ministry of Health reveal that 67.4 percent of the COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts and Nevis were unvaccinated while 24.7 percent received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine classifying them as fully vaccinated. A total of 7.9 percent received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine making them partially vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, November 09, 2021, the federation has recorded 2,730 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,286 on St. Kitts and 444 on Nevis. Of that total, 2,609 have recovered with 2,192 on St. Kitts and 417 on Nevis.

Ninety-one of these cases remain active. Three people are said to be hospitalized, all of whom are at the COVID-19 ward at the JNF General Hospital on St. Kitts.

Approximately 24,680 (73.3 percent) adults of the adult target population of 33,037 are fully vaccinated as of November 09, 2021. A total of 470 children (9.8 percent) of the children’s target population of 4,800 are fully vaccinated. 

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