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About half of all Belizeans have received a COVID-19 shot; MOWH push toward at least 70%

However, only about half of all Belizeans have received at least a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but it is still a long way off from reaching the 70-percent threshold. We asked Doctor Russell Manzanero if, at this stage of the pandemic, it is unrealistic to expect the country to reach that mark. We also asked him for his thoughts on why vaccine hesitancy continues to be a challenge. 

 Dr.Russell Manzanero, Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health and Wellness: “It can be a mixed scenario here. Individuals are looking or what I keep hearing is the covid right now is perhaps not as sever as before so my grandmother, my grandfather caught covid but didn’t die, they made it through so why do I need to do it.? Sos that kind of mentality is there. I mean when we’re talking about ‘Right now it’s just like a flu.’ or things like that so it is there still but remember that each persons responds differently to the virus so it might not be me but if you get infected and you take it home then you don’t know how those who are at a higher risk might respond to that virus.”

Up to May 23, Cabinet reported about 50.3 percent of Belizeans have received at least one dose, 49.2 percent have received two doses and just over 11 percent have received a booster. Close to 55% of children aged between 12 and 17 have received a dose while about 46 percent are fully vaccinated. Belize has recorded 677 deaths due to COVID.