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Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 7:17 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: This week is being observed as vaccination week in the Americas.

As countries continue to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts around the world are encouraging the public to get vaccinated.

To date, 40,236 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Belize.

Forty-nine countries in the region have begun their vaccination campaigns administering 286 million doses up to April 16.

“The COVID-19 vaccines have placed the immunization program at the center of the pandemic response, an opportunity to reinforce the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent disease outbreaks and maintain healthy populations. Many other dangerous diseases are preventable through immunization, an essential service that must be preserved during the pandemic,” the Ministry of Health and Wellness said.

According to a statement from the Ministry, through vaccination, the region has eliminated six vaccine-preventable diseases: smallpox (1971); polio (1994); rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (2015); measles (2016); and neonatal tetanus (2017).

Vaccination Week in the Americas began in 2003 in response to an endemic outbreak of measles in the Americas.

This gives countries a yearly opportunity to highlight the essential work of the national immunization programs.

The Ministry extended thanks to all vaccination teams working arduously to vaccinate the population against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The public is encouraged to get vaccinated.

 

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