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Health authorities worried at decline in vaccinate rate

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:11 AM


A senior government official on Tuesday expressed concern at the decline in the number of persons getting vaccinated for the COVID-19 pandemic as Grenada recorded a “considerable” decline in the number of positive cases, hospitalisation, deaths and positivity rates linked to the pandemic in recent weeks.

“As the COVID-19 situation improves, there has been a decline over the last three weeks in the number of persons coming forward to receive the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” said Hannah Julien-St Paul, the acting permanent secretary with responsibility for hospital services and health services.

Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet press conference, she told reporters, that the situation is “troubling” for the health authorities.

“It leaves us to ask the question, are we getting comfortable with the decline in the positivity rate? The number of new infections has been dropping consistently in the last three weeks. However, one death is one too many.

“We wish to take the opportunity to appeal to all. Let us not lower our guard because of the reduced level of positivity and restrictions. Let us all remember that while the numbers are down, the virus is still within our midst.”

She said that the encouraging decline in infections came at a price, “not only a financial burden to our health system, but also one where we have lost a significant number of our elderly citizens”.

Grenada has recorded more than 5,000 positive cases as well as 182 deaths since mid-August, after having recorded only one death since January from the virus. More than 300 patients have been hospitalised as a result of this wave of the virus.