Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has made it clear that in the Americas, the primary issue in the Americas is vaccine access, and not vaccine acceptance.
“Across Latin America and the Caribbean, we have a long legacy in immunization and trust in the life-saving power of vaccines,” Etienne said in her weekly press briefing.
She explained that once new doses are available, countries are ready to distribute them as quickly as they arrive .
“And PAHO will work tirelessly to get vaccines to every corner in our region, until this pandemic is behind us,” Etienne declared.
“We’re counting on our leaders and the support of the global community to ensure that the Americas have the doses that they need – as soon as possible – to save lives,” she disclosed.
The PAHO Director reminded citizens that the vaccines authorized by WHO and delivered through COVAX have been thoroughly assessed by experts.
“So, when it’s your turn to get vaccinated, embrace what’s available to you and don’t delay your vaccination,” Etienne urged.
“Getting vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible is the best way to protect yourself and your community. This also means that if your vaccine requires two doses, you should get your second dose when it’s scheduled to ensure that you have the best possible protection,” she explained.