by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): With more than 70 percent of the target population receiving the first dose and close to 60 percent receiving both first and second doses, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is well on its way to achieving herd immunity against the coronavirus disease with the administration of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws, reported July 21 that approximately 23,448 (70.9 percent) persons took the first dose of the vaccine with 19,389 (58.6 percent) already fully vaccinated. A total of 9,589 persons remain to be vaccinated
The Government describes fully vaccinated people as individuals who have taken two doses of a 2-dose regimen vaccine.
Herd immunity will be achieved when 33,037 (70 percent of the target population) persons have received both the first and second doses of the vaccine.
St. Kitts and Nevis commenced the administration of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on February 22, 2021 with top government officials, including Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, being amongst the first to take the jab.