From Saturday, November 18, 2023, a children’s vaccination drive will begin in Saint Lucia.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs said the campaign will occur in all communities until December 17, 2023.
A Ministry release said the initiative is to ensure all eligible children aged two months to 12 years are up-to-date with their vaccination and receive full protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to UNICEF, immunisation rates have decreased to their lowest in three decades.
The organisation noted that nearly 67 million children globally missed out on the routine vaccines that keep them safe from deadly diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Children worldwide routinely get vaccinated against diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough.
In Saint Lucia, the Health Ministry disclosed that healthcare providers will conduct home visits in the various communities to ensure all children receive their scheduled vaccine.
The Ministry thanked the public for their support and cooperation during the vaccination campaign.
In addition, it encouraged parents, guardians, or caregivers to get their children vaccinated against possible vaccine-preventable diseases.