People who recover from COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are considered to be immune to the virus for just one month after their recovery.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache was asked whether the Ministry of Health treats as immune for a particular period of time, someone who is proven, by PCR test, to have recovered from COVID-19.
Keizer-Beache said that health officials have confirmed in SVG, seven cases of people who have been proven, by PCR tests, to be infected with COVID-19 twice.
“So a person had COVID in the past — PCR confirmed — and, again, they turn up now, months later, and they are, again, COVID positive. So they have been infected again, most likely by a new variant,” Keizer-Beache said.
“As we have [the] Gamma [variant] circulating predominantly here, the Ministry of Health does not recognise that person beyond one month as being immune at this stage, because even though there is research suggesting that some persons have very good immunity, what is also known is that that immunity is not consistent.
“So Person A might have immunity from an infection that might last six months, and Person B might have immunity that might last two months. And, therefore, in the Ministry of Health, our position is that that person needs to be vaccinated in order for us to say this person has immunity that we can reliably say exists,” the chief medical officer said.