Nine months into the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Saint Lucia lags behind the World Health Organization (WHO) target for COVID-19 vaccine coverage.
In making the disclosure, National Immunisation Manager Tecla Jn Baptiste disclosed Wednesday that as of Monday, November 22, Saint Lucia had administered 53 818 first and second vaccine doses.
She said of that number 45, 521 persons have been vaccinated with the complete regimen, accounting for 25.1% of the population fully vaccinated.
However, Jn Baptiste observed that to ensure equitable global vaccine rollout, the World Health Organization (WHO) target for COVID-19 vaccine coverage is 40% by December 2021 and 70% by June 2022.
In this regard, the senior Health Ministry Official noted that while some countries have achieved the 40% target, others, like Saint Lucia, are still behind.
“The Ministry of Health, Wellness & Elderly Affairs remains steadfast in response to the pandemic; and continues to encourage individuals to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19,” she stated.
Jn Baptiste’s complete statement appears below: