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Minister of Health Encourages Belizeans to Get Boosters

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is encouraging persons to take their COVID-19 booster shots. The ministry says that COVID-19 infections continue to be a public health concern around the world. The ministry is inviting health care workers, persons 60 years and older, and persons with chronic illnesses to visit their nearest vaccination site for a second COVID-19 booster, which is recommended four months after receiving the first. Minister Kevin Bernard says that Boosters have been shown to increase the immune response to COVID-19 with data showing that fewer infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are seen among vaccinated persons compared to those who are unvaccinated.
Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness: “We are in the phase of discussion, a suggestion that has been made that in order to also frontline workers for example the recommendations from our team and I think it came from also the WHO that we should start to look at the possibility of offering a fourth shot or a second booster to our frontline workers and so we will take that decision pretty soon to cabinet after we finalize discussions but that has been a recommendation coming from the health team and then we believe that it’s something that we will want to implement pretty soon hopefully within the next week or two.” 

Reporter: And it’s needed, necessary? 

Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness: “It has been something that we notice has been used around the world in the United States and other countries and it has shown that it has been effective so the more protection you have the better for you.” 

The latest COVID figures show that six cases were confirmed today. There are one hundred and thirty-six active cases. Fortunately, there are no deaths to report tonight.