STATEMENT BY HONOURABLE MARLON PENN
MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
ARRIVAL OF PEDIATRIC DOSES OF PFIZER VACCINE
Could 12, 2022
Greetings to the residents and guests of those stunning Virgin Islands. I’m Marlon Penn, Minister of Well being and Social Growth and I’m happy to lend my voice to this vital subject of vaccination and COVID-19 on this new capability.
Yesterday, further doses of the pediatric formulation of the Pfizer vaccine arrive within the Virgin Islands. These doses are to make sure that youngsters who’ve already acquired their preliminary doses of Pfizer vaccine can full their vaccination course and be deemed totally vaccinated.
The Authorities and other people of the Virgin Islands continues to be thankful for the continued help and help of the Authorities of the UK within the Virgin Islands’ response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The UK Authorities has and continues to provide invaluable help within the areas of vaccines but in addition technical help in quite a few areas associated to public well being and the availability of provides and tools to help the Territory’s response to the COVID pandemic. This has included antiviral medicines, ventilators, medical provides all of which have improved our readiness and supported our response in maintaining the Virgin Islands secure throughout this tough time.
Because the pandemic has modified during the last two years, we have now seen the emergence of recent strains of COVID-19. Fortunately, the present Omicron variant and its related subvariants regardless of being extra contagious proceed to be related which a lot milder illness than earlier variants. This along with elevated ranges of immunity in populations via vaccination and pure immunity and the wise software have public measures have led to a rest of public well being measures throughout the globe and a concomitant re-opening of societies and economies. On this backdrop, accountability has shifted from governments to people to make sure their very own private security and make wise selections for themselves, their households, and their connections.
Vaccination stays a clever private alternative for individuals who selected it as one in all their methods for defense. Regardless of that the present vaccines usually are not as efficient towards these newer variants and subvariants which can be circulating it stays an vital technique particularly for the extra weak individuals who usually tend to have extreme illness. This contains the aged, and people with immune compromise.
The Authorities of the Virgin Islands with the invaluable help of the Authorities of the UK stays dedicated to making sure that individuals who want to have entry to vaccines proceed to have entry. The arrival and receipt of those Pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccination are a testomony to that dedication. For this, we and the dad and mom of the kids who will obtain these doses are grateful.
As of the tenth of March, a complete of 19,299 individuals or 64% of the inhabitants have acquired COVID-19 vaccinations with 17,886 or 59.6% having acquired two doses and 59.6% having acquired 3 doses.
Because the BVI at present experiences an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances, we report 155 energetic circumstances at present with a complete of 387 new circumstances being reported during the last month because the 10th of April. It can be crucial that individuals proceed to take private accountability to guard themselves and restrict the unfold of the illness locally. As a reminder, the discount of public well being measures alerts a shift from Authorities in the direction of people making their very own selections in relation to defending themselves from COVID-19.
Due to this fact, should you assume you’ve signs of COVID-19 do isolate yourselves from others and get examined as quickly as potential. In case you are optimistic, you need to isolate from others for a interval of 10 days. You are able to do a check on Day 7 and if adverse, you may finish isolation precautions. Nonetheless, all individuals testing optimistic ought to be certain that they put on a well-fitted masks and keep away from contact with weak individuals for a full interval of 14 days.
Individuals who’ve been uncovered to a confirmed optimistic case which means that they’d shut maskless contact with that optimistic case for quarter-hour or extra ought to self-isolate and put on a well-fitted masks when round others. They need to search to be examined inside 5 to 7 days and proceed to watch themselves for signs for a full 14 days. Contact with weak individuals needs to be averted to minimise their threat.
I recognise that we have now all been impacted in a method or one other by this illness. Nonetheless, we should not get weary in guaranteeing we handle our most weak in our inhabitants, the aged and people with underlying situations in addition to ourselves. Allow us to all proceed to stay vigilant, as we should co-exist with this illness.
Thanks and God bless.