Saint Lucia will seek to ensure that high risk individuals are the first to get COVID-19 vaccines.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Sharon Belmar-George made the disclosure Wednesday at a nationally televised media briefing.
She explained that according to the time line, the vaccines will be available by the end of March.
“We are really hoping that although there were delays with WHO approving the vaccine that we were working with, we are hoping that we don’t get delays in terms of the distribution into countries ,” the CMO said.
She disclosed that Saint Lucia is hoping for enough vaccines to cover two doses for 20 percent of the population.
‘We have worked out the strategy to allow us to be able to ensure that those at higher risk our frontliners and also persons with chronic and underlying health conditions will be the first to receive that vaccine in two doses,” she explained.
According to the CMO, the vaccine is for persons 16 years and older.