A private sector partnership with the Ministry of Health has given a boost to efforts to have hotel staff receive COVID-19 vaccination.
Assistant Principal Nursing Officer, Nurse Tecla Jn Baptiste, has disclosed that as a result of the effort, to date some hotels have achieved vaccine coverage of about 65 to 70% of
their staff complement.
“This is a remarkable achievement, especially in a sector where there is a higher risk of possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus given the nature of their heightened level of daily interaction with a wide range of people,” Jn Baptiste explained in a statement Tuesday.
“This reduces the likelihood of a surge in cases given this level of protection, and helping strengthen productivity in that sector,” the senior health official stated.
According to Jn Baptiste, as the economy slowly re-opens and restrictions are lessened, the need to have a significant proportion of the workforce covered with the COVID-19 vaccine becomes increasingly important to protect the health of citizens.
The national COVID-19 vaccination campaign is now in its fourth month of implementation.
As of Sunday 13 June 2021, a total of 29,655 first doses; and 20,589 second doses of the
Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccine have been administered.
Jn Baptiste disclosed that this represents 16.4% and 11.4% of the population receiving the first and second doses respectively.
During the month of May 2021, the campaign modified its initial phased approach to be
complemented with a mobile component, she recalled.
The Assistant Principal Nursing Officer said this component was included in the campaign to
facilitate greater ease of access to the vaccine by the citizenry.
Jn Baptiste said Vaccine safety and monitoring for severe adverse events remains a critical component of the national vaccination roll-out.
“Given this monitoring system it important that each individual who has been vaccinated and experiences a response beyond the expected side effects, contacts their healthcare provider to report their experience,” she observed.
“Once notified, an investigation will ensue to determine causality. Though this monitoring system exists to capture adverse events in an effort to ensure vaccine safety, it is important to bear in mind that vaccine benefits continue to vastly outweigh any possible risk,” Jn Baptiste asserted.