Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer Beache (CMO) says visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be expected to follow all of the country’s COVID-19 travel protocols, even if they have taken one of the recently developed COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines that are being produced now, the main effect is reduced severity of the illness you will have. So, you can have the vaccine but you can still have the virus.
So for now I think our recommendation would be that we would still want to do the testing, because remember the testing is looking for the actual viral particles. For now I think you would still have to have level of testing and quarantine.” The CMO said.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded a total of 107 COVID-19 cases, 86 of which have recovered. There are 21 active COVID-19 cases imported from high-risk countries.
St Vincent and the Grenadines will receive COVID-19 vaccines free of cost for the immunisation of about 20 per cent of its population, when the vaccines become available.
What we know about the new coronavirus strain
Why is this variant causing concern?
- It is rapidly replacing other versions of the virus
- It has mutations that affect part of the virus likely to be important
- Some of those mutations have already been shown in the lab to increase the ability of the virus to infect cells
“Laboratory experiments are required, but do you want to wait weeks or months [to see the results and take action to limit the spread]? Probably not in these circumstances,” Prof Nick Loman, from the Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium, told me.