St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Cameron Wilkinson stepped up his recommendation for parents to strongly consider supporting the vaccination of children aged 12-17.
Dr. Wilkinson addressed the low turnout of students for vaccinations.
Wilkinson said, “When you’re on an aeroplane and it starts to hit some turbulence, if the cabin pressure drops, the captain will tell you to put your oxygen mask on first and then you’ll take care of your children. The adults in the Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis, they have spoken, they have come out and they have gotten vaccinated, so much that we have a threshold of immunity amongst our adults over 80 percent with 1 shot and over 76 percent who are fully vaccinated and I truly believe that these same adults who are responsible for the children, that they will now after they’ve put on their own oxygen mask, they will turn and put the oxygen mask on their children, to ensure that the children are safe; cause I don’t believe that any mother, any father will give themselves the best protection against Covid 19, which is the vaccine and choose not to offer that protection to their children.”
Wilkinson mentioned, however, that the vaccination numbers for children between the ages of 12 and 17 have been rising slowly, just as it occurred with the adult vaccination programme; once certain thresholds have been reached, then people start to come forward.
He warned children cannot continue to be taken out of school, as online learning is not as impactful as face-to-face instruction. In order for schools to remain open and be a safe environment, Dr. Wilkinson said the teachers and children should be vaccinated.
Wilkinson also revealed that vaccines for children between ages five to 12 will soon become available.