The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has again made an appeal for citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of July 24, a total of 25,603 vaccines have been administered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with 15,711 people receiving their first dose and 9,892 their second dose.
Dr Ralph Gonsalves says there are now two vaccine options, the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
The Ministry of Health also recently posted that St Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to receive the Pfizer vaccine soon. A link was provided on SVG Health’s Facebook page for persons to get registered. The vaccines are not yet available in St Vincent and the Grenadines; however, registered persons will be notified once they arrive.
Gonsalves says SVG is hoping to achieve herd immunity which is 70 per cent plus of the relevant population, those who are over 18 years of age.
The prime minister says there are only two ways SVG could achieve herd immunity, and that is if 70 per cent of the population gets COVID-19 or if 70 per cent of the population takes the vaccine.
He notes the country cannot go back to normalcy without the vaccine. Gonsalves adds that tour guides and taxi drivers who want to interact with cruise visitors will need to take the vaccine or get tested regularly.
The prime minister was speaking on NBC Radio yesterday.