The vaccines currently available for COVID-19 decrease the severity of the virus if a vaccinated person contracts it.
Further, Dr. Charmaine Bailey-Rogers, an epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health says that vaccinated persons are less likely to transmit COVID-19.
Anecdotal evidence on social media suggests that a significant number of persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are sceptical about being vaccinated for COVID-19.
At a press conference on Thursday, iWitness News noted that there are a number of persons who, for various reasons, are sceptical about taking any of the vaccines.
iWitness News, therefore, asked the Ministry of Health to say the ways in which these vaccines help those who take it, those with whom they associate and the community at large.
“… we would just like to say that persons who have taken the vaccine would definitely have a decrease in the severity if we do contract the disease, and also, there’s a decreased likelihood of transmission in the community to other persons,” Bailey-Rogers said.
“So we’re encouraging persons with comorbidities, such as hypertension and diabetes, who are more likely at risk of dying or getting a severe pneumonic infection or other complications from COVID-19 … to take the vaccine, as it would definitely protect you, and … protect the others around you,” she said.
COVID-19 has caused the death of six persons in SVG, all of whom had pre-existing conditions, health officials have said.
As of Sunday, SVG has recorded, 1,453 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020, including 1,317 persons who contracted it locally.
Of those who contracted the virus, 599 have since recovered, and 848 cases remain active.