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Cabinet Reviews Ministry of Health’s plan for the Covid-19 vaccine

Cabinet in this week’s meeting has reviewed the Ministry of Health’s rollout plan for the Covid-19 vaccine.  According to a report from the Government, the plan is to vaccinate over 200,000 Belizeans in 120 days and will start with healthcare workers, the elderly, vulnerable citizens with mental and physical disabilities, teachers and other frontline persons. 

Cabinet in this week’s meeting has reviewed the Ministry of Health’s rollout plan for the Covid-19 vaccine.  According to a report from the Government, the plan is to vaccinate over 200,000 Belizeans in 120 days and will start with healthcare workers, the elderly, vulnerable citizens with mental and physical disabilities, teachers and other frontline persons.  The plan extends over a four-phase rollout plan, which should begin by the end of March.  Cabinet also reviewed the Covid-19 data.  Of special note was the overall decline in COVID-19 cases, which has fallen from an average of 182 positive cases per day to a daily average of 22, bringing the daily positivity rate from 20 percent in November and December to the current average daily positivity rate of 4.5 percent.  Also discussed in Cabinet was the recommendations and requests made by the unions in the recently held budget consultation meetings.  It was decided that a prompt response be forwarded to the unions along with follow-up discussions.  In Tuesday’s meeting, the Ministry of Tourism was given the green light to introduce a long-stay visitor program to allow for extended visitor permits for targeted visitors and nationalities. According to Cabinet, this program is aimed at encouraging tourists to stay longer through a “Work Where You Vacation” Program. The ministry was also given approval to expand and improve the Qualified Retired Persons Incentive Program.  And last, but certainly not least, is the decision by Cabinet to cut allowances by fifty percent for the non-executive directors who sit on the public utilities and statutory bodies.  The cut takes effect on March 1.