To effectively continue the roll out of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children and make provisions for the administering of the second shot, the Health Ministry is in the process of establishing fixed sites for adolescents to receive their jabs.
Currently, the Ministry of Health is going community-to-community, setting up temporary sites to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the children population.
During Tuesday’s COVID-19 update, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony stated that going forward, the intention is to create a fixed site in every region, where the vaccines can be administered.
This is to ensure persons who did not get a chance to take their first dose are given an opportunity to do so.
Additionally, the fixed site will prove useful in the administering of the second doses – which is done within a 21-day interval.
“We will be going back to the schools because it might be easier that way, we’ll go back to some of the schools so persons there could come out and get their vaccines.”
“In addition to that if you miss the school, we are now working to set up fix sites in every region, so that if you miss where you got the vaccines from, you can come to that fixed site and be able to get your Pfizer vaccine.” the Minister stated.
To date, over 50 persons have been trained to administer the Pfizer vaccine to children.
“In terms of the Pfizer training we’ve started that about a month ago and right now we’ve been able to train persons in every region of Guyana so that they can now independently roll out the Pfizer vaccine,” Dr Anthony explained.
Some 18,862 children between the ages of 12 and 18 have received their first dose vaccine, representing 25.9% of that population.
Meanwhile, a total of 337,030 adults have received a first dose vaccine, representing 65.7% of the adult population. On the other hand, 175,037 persons are fully immunised.
Over the last 24 hours, Guyana has seen 135 new cases which takes the total active cases to 3,092 active cases.
Of those, 139 cases are in hospitals across the country, with 31 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).