Saturday, May 18, 2024

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Eligible Minors

The Ministry of Health & Wellness informs that children aged 12 to 17 years are now eligible to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine three months after receiving their second dose.

Employers expected to verify frontline workers are vaccinated

At the end of June, the government announced that by August 1st, most front-line workers should have been vaccinated with at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the event they are not, these individuals are required to start presenting a negative COVID-19 test every two weeks at their own expense.

Region Four: 99% of San Pedro/Caye Caulker Police officers vaccinated

Police officers are part of the frontline workers who are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The task has not been easy; however, in Region Four (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker), almost 100% of the 113 officers have received their first vaccination.

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients at KHMH unvaccinated

All current patients infected with the COVID-19 virus at Belize City’s Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) are unvaccinated. According to KHMH Chairman Dr. Andre Sosa who, on Tuesday, July 20th, told the media that none of the persons hospitalized had taken the COVID-19 vaccine.

Another islander hospitalized with COVID-19; infections on the rise

The latest COVID-19 infections across the country and in San Pedro Town continue to show a slow increase. With five new cases reported on Friday, July 16th, on the island, another islander was transported to Belize City via the Belize Emergency Response Team air ambulance for further medical attention.

Peace Corps Takes Steps to Return to Service Overseas

On June 30, 2021, the Peace Corps announced that it is a step closer to returning volunteers to overseas service. The agency will resume inviting volunteers to serve at posts that have met a comprehensive set of health, safety and security criteria.

The BTB and MOHW Launch Joint Vaccination Awareness Campaign

The campaign runs until August 31, 2021 and aims to promote the key messages that the vaccine is safe, effective, free of cost and that the process of being vaccinated is very easy. To accomplish this, the campaign will be comprised of interviews with key persons on the importance of vaccinations, down-to-earth videos encouraging Belizeans to get vaccinated, media rounds, WhatsApp messages, Social Media marketing, as well as group vaccinations at various locations including San Pedro, Punta Gorda, Hopkins, Placencia and San Ignacio. 

Asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants living in Belize to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness announce to asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants living in Belize, that they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.