For those still resisting the taking of the vaccine, the data gathered to date suggests that to get infected and not be vaccinated places one in a high risk category of getting very ill and needing hospitalization, or being dead. This was the nub of the message coming from the last public address from the Minister of Health, Hon Moses Jn Baptiste.
While acknowledging a steady improvement in the number of persons getting vaccinated in Saint Lucia, Health Minister Moses Jn Baptiste advocates that more persons should get vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The benefits of being vaccinated are evident in Saint Lucia, the minister said in a statement on Friday. To date, 100% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated, 100% of COVID-19 deaths and COVID-19-related deaths were unvaccinated, and only 1.6% of fully vaccinated persons have contracted COVID-19 with very mild symptoms or asymptomatic and making a full recovery, Jn Baptiste said.
“Vaccination coverage at the level of the community is steadily improving. During the course of this week we noted up to 100% increase in the number of people who turned out daily to get vaccinated,” he said. “During the month of July 2021, we administered a total of 4,145 doses of vaccines. For August 1, 2021 to August 26, 2021 the data shows a total of 8,297 doses of vaccines,” he added.
Minister Jn Baptiste said due to the confirmation of the Delta Variant in the country, it is even more important that all recommended public health measures are taken “to protect our health and well-being”.
“The public is urged to avoid social activities and to get vaccinated at the soonest,” he noted. The vaccines are available free of charge on a daily basis at the various wellness centers around the island.
The data on COVID hospitalized patients and deaths is certainly the strongest case for everyone to get vaccinated, especially the older population with underlying health conditions. In the coming weeks and months the government needs to improve on the infrastructure to administer a significant increase in vaccinations across the island if it is to achieve the target for herd immunity by February 2022.