Guyana to Stage Drive-through Vaccination Program

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The Guyana government says it will be hosting a drive-through coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Saturday.

“Once you get into the stadium those arrangements are in place where someone would approach the car, and see how many occupants are there would need vaccination. Then they will do the paperwork for vaccination then proceed to the next station. At that station, the paperwork is verified and then they will do the actual jab,” Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has said.

The authorities said that the objective of the initiative is to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible and convenient for citizens, as well as to increase the immunization rate.

They said those people who receive the jab on Saturday will be required to remain on-site for observation for at least 15 minutes and Dr. Anthony said at least 40 volunteers will assist in the exercise.

“While its innovative and novel, I think we should be able to get a lot of people vaccinated once we have persons coming to do that. We have been collaborating with a number of agencies so the Ministry of Culture has kindly granted us the use of the stadium, Ministry of Public works is helping us with lighting and the Ministry of Home Affairs is helping us with traffic control,” the Health Minister added.

The Ministry is hoping to get community and faith-based organizations, the Rotary Club and Lion’s Club International involved in the exercise and Dr. Anthony is encouraging persons to take advantage of the opportunity to get their first dose of the vaccine. Persons who are due for their second dose will also be accommodated.

He said once this event is successful, it will be replicated throughout the country.

Guyana is moving closer towards achieving herd immunity as over 172,000 persons have so far received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 35.4 percent of the adult population. More than 38,000 or eight percent of the adult population have been fully immunized.

CMC

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