GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana’s Minister of Well being Dr Frank Anthony says the Authorities continues to be contemplating introducing a COVID-19 journey certificates, because the nation continues to work in the direction of curbing transmission of the lethal virus.
Throughout his COVID-19 replace on Friday, Dr Anthony stated whereas international locations around the globe have carried out the system, the World Well being Group (WHO) has not taken a powerful place on implementation resulting from vaccine hesitancy.
“Many international locations nonetheless haven’t got entry to vaccines and should you make that obligatory and there aren’t sufficient vaccines, it may be problematic. For these international locations who’ve vaccines, they’re beginning to put measures in place similar to this journey certificates,” he famous.
As extra individuals obtain their COVID-19 vaccines, Minister Anthony stated, the Authorities must take into account the choice transferring ahead.
“A few of these kinds of concerns it’s important to tackle board, particularly if international locations to which the airways right here fly, could be asking for such journey paperwork. So, if that turns into a requirement, then we in all probability should comply with go well with, however the best way issues are going, it seems to be like loads of international locations are going to be implementing this vaccine passport or journey certificates, however there’s nonetheless that dialogue that’s ongoing.”
In the meantime, Anthony famous that investigations have been ongoing into the alleged forgery of a COVID-19 vaccination certificates.
On Thursday, police arrested a lady who purportedly cast a vaccination card to journey abroad.
“We’re going to take very stringent, critical actions in opposition to individuals who attempt to forge these certificates as a result of it is a actually critical matter,” the well being minister stated.“In case you’re not vaccinated, and also you then tender some doc to faux that you’ve got been vaccinated, you must face the complete brunt of the regulation since you’re placing your self in danger and also you’re placing others in danger.”
He stated the ministry might be “looking out” for any recurrence of such incidents because it might put the whole COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign into disrepute.
Thus far, 216,862 individuals have obtained the primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine whereas 83,729 individuals are absolutely immunised.
Areas Six and One proceed to guide the vaccination marketing campaign with 52.4 per cent and 52.3 per cent respectively.
Areas Eight and Ten proceed to report low numbers of vaccination at 28.4 per cent and 13.2 per cent respectively.
The well being minister stated vaccine training campaigns are ongoing in these areas so residents could make knowledgeable selections about vaccination.
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