by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Just under 13 percent of the COVID-19 cases from May 19 to August 03 were fully vaccinated.
According to the Medical Chief of Staff at the Joseph N France General Hospital, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson 70 out of the 558 positive cases recorded for the 15 week period, were from fully vaccinated persons
“Two hundred and forty-eight cases or 44.4 percent were unvaccinated adults, 113 or 20.3 percent were children who could not be vaccinated, and 101 or 18 percent were persons who were partially vaccinated. Only 70 or 12.8 percent were fully vaccinated,” he shared those statistics during the recent broadcast of Leadership Matters.
“The analysis of the data in the current wave from May 19 to August 03 shows that of [the] 558 positive cases during that period, 81.5 percent of the cases were in persons under the age of 50 with 23.8 percent in the 0-19 [years] age range and 42.9 percent in the 20-39 age group.”
Over the past four days, positive cases have shown a steep incline, with 118 cases recorded, bringing the active case count to 174 as of August 19. Six people are currently hospitalized because of the virus.
Health officials continue to state that vaccination is the best way to ensure people do not get severely ill or face the possibility of death.
The recent donation from the U.S. of 11,700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine makes it possible for children above 12 years to get vaccinated.
However, the rollout of the first of three shipments of vaccines (for a total of 35,100 doses) has not begun. The expected vaccines would fully vaccinate 17,550 people within the Federation if they chose to take the jab.
Dr. Wilkinson indicated that doses should be administered by September.
The administration will begin after health officials have undergone training on the proper storage, handling, and use of the Pfizer vaccines before being offered to the public.
Minister of Health Akilah Byron Nisbett previously indicated that an education campaign to inform the public about the Pfizer vaccine would begin soon.