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No deaths noted related to COVID vaccine: Saint Lucia CMO

Friday, 24th November 2023

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Dr Sharon Belmar-George, the Chief Medical Officer of Saint Lucia, has revealed that the circulation of false information regarding vaccines has hindered the immunisation of children in Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia’s Freedom Coalition had urged the CMO to stop encouraging people to take the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year in September.

The Coalition mentioned the ‘significant number of deaths’ reported in Saint Lucia and worldwide since the inception of the COVID-19 vaccinations as the reason for their request.

Belmar-George informed the media on Thursday that the Ministry of Health has been using its data for guidance concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. She said that no deaths have been found in relation to the COVID-19 Vaccine in Saint Lucia.

She said that the statement has been issued after monitoring the possible side effects that humans can get from the vaccines.

Belmar-George recalled that during the COVID-19 immunisation drive, misinformation and false information spread rapidly in the public domain. This affected childhood vaccination to a large extent.

“We saw the benefits of the vaccine in terms of reducing hospitalisations and deaths during that period. So we, as a Ministry, we will continue providing the public with accurate information,” said Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.

The campaign for Children’s vaccination has been running in Saint Lucia since 18 November and will continue until 17 December.

Belmar-George said that on observing the previous data the Ministry of Health discovered that many kids had no vaccine dosage for a variety of reasons. Hence, the officials have since been working to spread awareness about the vaccines and promote vaccinations.

She said that international travel and commerce make Saint Lucia exposed to developing illnesses that the country has not encountered for years.

Belmar-George said that to ensure that children in Saint Lucia remain healthy, the hope is that the country’s vaccination coverage would reach ninety-five per cent.