Wednesday, August 17, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Begins In Guyana

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EXACTLY one month before the first ‘anniversary’ of Guyana’s first recorded COVID-19 case, healthcare workers at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and those at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, received the first dose of the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

These frontline workers were the first to receive the vaccines since they are at a higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus from patients and visitors.

There are approximately 300 frontline, medical workers at the two health facilities.

“The GPHC has been at the forefront in the managing of COVID-19 patients since the inception. My staff has been brave and courageous working with these patients even though the uncertainty and fear existed,” GPHC Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr. Fawcett Jeffery said.

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“We are really happy to know that today we can give them what is necessary, so that they can continue in assisting us in the fight against COVID-19,” he highlighted.

And so, on Thursday, vaccination for COVID-19 officially began with the distribution of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. The vaccines used were donated by Barbados after that country was able to secure 100,000 doses from India earlier in the week.

Pharmacist at the GPHC, Brinnet Bernarai was the first Guyanese to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She was surrounded by many of her colleagues, officials from the Ministry of Health and members of the media who were eager to capture the very first administration of these vaccines.

As she waited for the vaccines to arrive, Frontline Doctor, who works in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Christopher Hochan, kept her company. Soon after 09:00 hours, the vaccine carriers, which allowed the vaccines to be stored at an adequately cold temperature, were brought to the vaccination room at the GPHC.

The pharmacist was given a vaccination card, which is particularly important as she is required to take a second dose of the vaccine in about three weeks’ time or sometime after if the health guidelines provided for the dosage schedule is modified.

As she walked into the room with all eyes on her, she was provided with basic information on the vaccine and what potential side effects she could experience. Subsequently, the vaccine dose was taken out of the carrier, inserted into the syringe and finally, inserted into Bernarai’s arm.

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