By Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): COVID-19 Vaccination reports may no longer be published daily according to Dr. Cameron Wilkinson, Medical Chief of Staff at the Joseph N France General Hospital.
In a brief dialogue with WINN FM on Monday morning (March 14), Wilkinson disclosed that vaccine reports may be published weekly and not daily because the day-to-day numbers are not changing significantly.
Having more than 80 percent of the adult population vaccinated against COVID-19, some of whom are boosted, Wilkinson said health officials continue to urge the less than 20 percent of adults who have not been vaccinated to do so; adding that the turn out recently has been pretty slow.
As it relates to the children’s vaccine coverage, that too has been quite slow, said Dr. Wilkinson, sharing his opinion in this regard.
“I believe parents have a false sense of security, that over the two years, not many children have been infected and those who were, they did pretty well, so they probably don’t see the reason to come forward and get them vaccinated.”
He further shared that a number of adults got infected from children and the outcome was quite bad, thus emphasizing the importance of everyone being vaccinated.
Referring to the COVID 19 situation report, Wilkinson noted that there are 3 active cases in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. He informed that there has been a trend where, whenever there is a death or a peak in cases, persons come out in their numbers to be vaccinated.
Though active cases are very low, Wilkinson encouraged the people of the Federation to not become complacent. He said, “the virus is still here and it still presents a threat, so the best protection is still the vaccine.”
The most recent vaccination report dated, Friday, March 11, 2022, shows that 82.8 percent of the adult population have received a first dose, 77.6 are fully vaccinated, whilst, while 9.5 percent of adults have received a booster shot, an equivalent of 3,129 persons.
The vaccine rollout for children ages 12 to 17 began on September 1, 2021, since then, only 18.9 percent of the children population have been vaccinated with a first dose, whilst 17.2 percent are fully vaccinated. No booster shots are being administered to children.
A total of 26,446 persons are fully vaccinated in the Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis.