By Aaron Humes: With a January 31 deadline in place to use the remaining stock of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Belize still has more than 327,000 doses of vaccines on hand.
As of January 24, 212,480 persons or 49.3 percent of the total population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 208,878 or 47.2 percent of the total population has been fully vaccinated.
Additionally, over 28,628 booster shots have been issued since the start of the Booster Program. Also, 30,238 Belizeans aged 12 to 17 years old have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Finally, in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 infections, the presence of the highly contagious Omicron variant, and the continued presence of the Delta variant, Cabinet continues to encourage the public to wear masks in public, maintain physical distance, wash hands regularly, and for those not fully vaccinated, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.