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Pfizer Vaccine Now Available To All Guyanese: Health Minister

Guyana's Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony. Photo credit: DPI.

Pfizer Vaccine Now Available To All Guyanese: Health Minister

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Tuesday, November 2, 2021) –– The US-manufactured Pfizer vaccine is now available to all members of the public, Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, announced yesterday.

During his COVID-19 update, the health minister said the vaccine is now available to anyone, age 12 years and older, in Guyana. Before the announcement, the vaccine was only available to adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

“As of this week, we are going to open up the use of the Pfizer to anyone, who would like to get the Pfizer vaccine,” he said.

Minister Anthony noted that many persons have been asking when the vaccine would be available to the general population, and now that the time has come, he is urging the rest of the unvaccinated population to come forward and take the jab.

Meanwhile, he noted that Guyana is already making preparations for the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine to children, 5 to 11 years old.

“We have started some amount of training of our staff, because this particular age group requires a vaccine that is 1/3 of the current dose that we are giving. We have started that training, (and) we are expecting that during this week, we will complete that training,” Dr Anthony said.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already green-lighted the emergency use of the vaccine in that category of children. However, the vaccine must also gain the approval of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), before it can start being administered.

Minister Anthony assured that as soon as the US CDC paves the way for the use of the vaccine in children 5-11 years, the local Government Analyst Food and Drug Department will approve its usage in Guyana.

So far in the trial, the immune response of the Pfizer vaccine in children, 5 to 11 years old is comparable to persons, 12 to 25 years.

Minister Anthony is, once again, appealing to adults to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and also to grant approval for their children to be protected against the virus.

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