Thursday, June 13, 2024

Honourable Michel Chebat

Over 60% of Belize’s population is fully vaccinated; curfew will continue

As the COVID-19 number of infections decreases in the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) daily reports, the number of vaccinated Belizeans is rising. As of Thursday, December 2nd, over 63% of the country’s population (ages 12 years of age and above) are fully vaccinated. This milestone is expected to see the country containing the spread of the disease as more Belizeans become immunized. However, the government has no plans to remove the current curfew.

Islanders’ welcome changes in COVID-19 regulations; booster shots available for those ages 18 and older

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) made two announcements on Wednesday, November 10th, regarding the COVID-19 health regulations and vaccinations. MOHW’s Minister, Honourable Michel Chebat, stated that starting November 22nd, the curfew will change to 10 PM-4 AM on Sundays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, the curfew will be 11 PM – 4 AM. Chebat also said that COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available for anyone 18 years of age and older. Stakeholders in San Pedro Town welcome the amendments aimed at benefiting the upcoming high tourism season.

Change: COVID-19 regulation mandating vaccination card or negative test applies only when accessing government buildings

The government has made changes to the new COVID-19 regulations set to start on October 1st. The new measures, designed to contain the spread of the virus, mandates that people provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to access public buildings and services. The new change, as per Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Michel Chebat, will only apply to government-owned buildings.

Minister of Health and Wellness says GOB will implement mandatory vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test before accessing public buildings

Today, September 9th, the Minister of Health and Wellness, the Honourable Michel Chebat, announced that a new measure would require every Belizean to present a vaccination card of present a negative COVID-19 before entering public government buildings, private establishments, and even schools. This initiative will be debated at Cabinet before going into effect on October 1st.

Ground-breaking ceremony for new PolyClinic in Caye Caulker held

An official ground-breaking ceremony for a new PolyClinic was celebrated in Caye Caulker. The first phase of the clinic’s construction will be equipped with a pharmacy, triage room, asthma bay, treatment room, consultation rooms, observation rooms, sterile room, waiting areas, restroom, and facilities for staff and visitors. There will also be a laundry room, utility room, and waste disposal and storage facilities.

More than 170K Belizeans to benefit from the Pfizer vaccine donated by the United States

Belize now counts with 111,150 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to combat COVID-19. The acquisition of the vaccines came through a donation from the United States Government, which is providing Belize with a total of 345,150 doses. The first tranche was delivered to Belizean authorities on Wednesday, August 18th, after arriving via a FedEx express cargo flight at the Philip Goldson International Airport.

MOHW investigating reports of false vaccination cards; police urge people to report anyone involved

Several reports of falsified and forged COVID-19 vaccination cards have prompted the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) to investigate these cases and refer them to the police. Similar reports are circulating in San Pedro Town of an individual selling these false documents for around US$100. Still, no arrests have been made. Police explained that due to legalities, a formal complaint must be filed before they can proceed. However, some may be hesitant to do so in fear of retaliation.

New COVID-19 regulations starting August 1st; 9PM curfew to be implemented

A new set of rules will go into effect on Sunday, August 1st, concerning COVID-19 precautions. In a virtual press conference on Friday, July 30th, Minister of Health and Wellness the Honourable Michel Chebat listed out some of the public health measures such as a 9PM to 4AM curfew, a COVID Enforcement Unit, the definition of frontline workers, and penalties to any person issuing/selling fraudulent vaccination cards.