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Chief Medical Officer pleads with high risk persons to get vaccinated against COVID; reports on COVID 19 impact on Federation

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): It’s been almost two years since the Coronavirus made its way to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.  Since then, health officials have recorded over 5 300 cases and 33 deaths. Of the 33 deaths, 27 occurred in St.Kitts and 6 in Nevis.

During the NEOC Covid-19 Press Briefing, Chief Medical Officer- Dr Hazel Laws gave a comprehensive report about the Covid 19 death situation.

She said In the current wave of COVID-19, 5 persons have passed. These deaths occurred between  Sunday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 25 2022; all of whom were unvaccinated older adults.

Laws continued by providing a general breakdown of the COVID-19 death situation in the Federation.

“In terms of gender break down, two-thirds of the cases were males and one-third were females; and this is in keeping with the global international trend, whereby the males tend to die more so of COVID-19 versus females,” she noted.

Dr Laws however stated that the scientists are trying to unpack the reason why there is a higher COVID-19 death rate in males. She also added that the COVID- 19 deaths is higher in the unvaccinated.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, 29 or  88% of the COVID-19 deaths were unvaccinated; one person between the ages of 20 -29, one between the ages of 30-39 and 6 between the ages of 40-59 died of the virus. Most of the C0VID-19 deaths, 26 to be exact, occurred in persons 60 years and older. In contrast, 4 fully vaccinated persons died of the virus.

In addition, Dr Laws outlined a few high-risk factors that individuals should pay close attention to as we go through this pandemic.

“Gender, your vaccination status, age and the presence of underlying chronic conditions, place you at risk for severe COVID-19, hospitalizations and even death,” she informed.

She, therefore, pleaded with persons who are in the high-risk category, more so older adults and persons with underlying conditions to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so.

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