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With the arrival of new COVID subvariants comes a renewed push for vaccination

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2022. 2:25 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Health and Wellness is girding to combat new subvariants of COVID-19 in Belize, emphasizing more vaccination.

Officially, Omicron variant, subvariants BA.2 and BA.5 were detected here this week. Persons with these subvariants present varying symptoms, ranging from runny nose, sore throat, headache, tiredness, cough, body aches, and fever.

The Minister of Health & Wellness informed the Cabinet of the presence of the BA.2 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants in Belize, indicating that persons.


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Cabinet has approved removing all public health measures at points of entry but cautions that in light of the BA.2 and BA.5 subvariants in Belize, vaccines remain the best protection against severe disease and death from COVID-19.

Cabinet was also provided with an update on the status of vaccinations. Currently, there are more than 210,950 vaccines on hand. As of July 11, 2022, 227,461 persons or 52.8 percent had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 217,269 or 50.9 percent had been fully vaccinated. Of the population ages 12 to 17 years, 31,918 have received two doses of the vaccines. To date, 49,805 booster shots have been issued.

 

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