Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 6:46 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: When the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) visited the remote village of Graham Creek in Toledo, which has a population of 100 people, only four of them opted to take the COVID-19 vaccine shot; however, the Ministry says it will continue working with the villagers and sharing information on the benefits of the vaccine.
Maternal and Child Health Advisor for the MOHW Dr. Natalia Beer said that the ministry is aware that some people grasp the information faster than others, as such, the education efforts in the village need to continue.
Beer also said that the villagers and all Belizeans need to come to terms with the fact that COVID-19 is in Belize, infected over 10,900 people, and killed almost 300 in last year alone. That realization, Beer said, raises the question as to why anyone would want to put themselves at risk for infection.
She also said that science has proven, on multiple occasions that vaccination works, drawing the example of the Small Pox vaccine, which after 90 years has completely eradicated the condition in humans.
“The polio vaccine was discovered 60 years ago, our last case of polio was diagnosed in 1981, that was 40 years ago. So if there is a vaccine against COVID-19 why would you expose yourself to being infected, having the probability of getting severely ill and even dying, when it can be prevented with a vaccine,” Beer added.
The MOHW also announced this week that Belizeans can now choose between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or the SINOPHARM BBIP COVID-19 vaccine.
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