Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, has again appealed to the population to get vaccinated amid a spike in the country’s daily COVID-19 infection rate.
Belmar-George disclosed that the daily infection rate for the last seven days is 5.3 per 100,000 population.
The figure represents a 123% increase from last week, with a 6% average testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 0.95.
As of April 10th, 2022, the CMO said Saint Lucia had diagnosed 23,037 cases, with 54 currently active.
“We have noted a total of 366 COVID-19 deaths. We have four positive
COVID-19 cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital,” Belmar-George revealed.
She noted the availability of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines at the various wellness “centres.
And the CMO called on un-vaccinated citizens to get vaccinated as a matter of urgency.
Belmar-George explained that the vaccines have proved to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19, its severe forms, complications, hospitalisations, and death.
In addition, she stated that the booster vaccine is also available for persons who have been fully vaccinated for over six months.