By Benjamin Flowers: The Government of Belize is preparing to engage in discussions about relaxing COVID-19 regulations for those that have been vaccinated, according to Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, Kareem Musa.
Musa explained today that as COVID-19 cases rise, the government is forced to analyze policies in place to determine their efficiency and one such policy is to incentivize vaccination through relaxing the restrictive protocols.
“The vaccinated community is actually saying ‘we have done our part, we are responsible citizens, and we need to see some benefit from it,’ so moving forward Cabinet will have to look at that,” Musa said.
He stressed that, at this time, the level of vaccinated people is still prohibitive for government to implement any relaxing of regulations for vaccinated persons, but the numbers are moving in the right direction. Musa said that with at least 70 percent of the country’s over-18 population vaccinated, considerations can be made for the fully vaccinated (those who have received two vaccine doses).
The latest vaccine report from the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) shows that over 49,000 Belizean have been fully vaccinated, which is above the 50 percent mark for the national vaccination target. Additionally, over 126,000 people have had at least one shot.