Thursday, September 29, 2022

COVID-19: PAHO Director Pleads With Caribbean Adults To Get Vaccinated

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Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has sent a special message to the millions of adults in the Caribbean who have yet to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

“Please don’t delay, get vaccinated today,” the Dominica-born public health expert urged.

Etienne asserted that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect individuals, families, and communities from the COVID-19 virus.

“I am a medical doctor, wife, mother, and grandmother. I could not wait to get my vaccination, I was so anxious for the wellbeing of myself and my 95-year old mother,” Dr. Etienne said.

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Shifting to the COVID-19 situation in the region, the PAHO Director reported that the rise in infections appears to be slowing down in places hit earliest by the Omicron variant.

North America reported most new cases, but surges continue across Central and South America while deaths increased by nearly one-third in all sub-regions.

Deaths have more than doubled in Cuba, the Bahamas, and Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.

And other islands, including Martinique and Guadeloupe, are seeing the virus spread rapidly among young and unvaccinated populations.

“These trends show that we must continue to sustain every part of our COVID response,” Dr. Etienne said.

“Vaccinations, testing, and continuing public health measures like mask-wearing and social distancing remain crucial,” she declared.

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  1. @Enough already…its pointless to try and explain that to those so called medical professionals ..they can fool some of the people but not all of the people. nuff said.

  2. Alaskan those people don’t care. They will see their agenda through to the end. it will only get worse as they get more desperate unless people to handle them.

  3. Jesus Christ you people. You’re like addicts suffering from withdrawal. Those shots have failed. They don’t stop transmission they don’t stop death. Masks do nothing and never have. The lock downs had no effect. Stop already. Y’all are sickening. Why not tell people raise their vitamin D levels. We have plenty of that in the region and it is free. And y’all call yourselves medical professionals? Y’all embarrassing at this point. Y’all aren’t smart enough to see that more people are realizing y’all full of BS and you conned them.


    Studies have demonstrated a potential correlation between low vitamin D status and both an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and poorer clinical outcomes. This retrospective study examines if, and to what degree, a relationship exists between pre-infection serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) level and disease severity and mortality due to SARS-CoV-2.


    Among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, pre-infection deficiency of vitamin D was associated with increased disease severity and mortality.

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