by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson, has revealed that of the 21 COVID-19 related deaths recorded in the country, three were fully vaccinated against the disease.
Dr. Wilkinson was speaking at the COVID-19 Press Briefing on Wednesday, October 13 when he disclosed that information.
“We had 18 in St. Kitts and three in Nevis and of these 21[deaths], only three were fully vaccinated,” he said. “And the majority of these persons were not vaccinated and had comorbidities meaning that they were suffering from diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, heart disease, etc”.
Statistics suggest that of the 21 COVID-19 related deaths, 13 were more than 60 years of age, six ranged from age 40 to 59, one person was in the age group of 30 to 39, and another person in the age group of 20 to 29.
Dr. Wilkinson used the platform to encourage people, especially those with underlying health conditions, to get vaccinated with the available Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to better position themselves to fight the coronavirus disease.
He said “there is this misunderstanding about getting vaccinated and having a preexisting condition. Some people say because they have asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, they are not strong enough to take the vaccine”. However, he stressed that “these are the people who need to go out and get vaccinated because if you have to fight that chronic illness with COVID-19, you may not survive”.
Additional statistics from the Ministry of Health revealed that some 67.1 percent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases were not vaccinated against the virus. 23.5 percent received two doses making them fully vaccinated and 9.4 percent received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, classifying them as partially vaccinated.