Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves noted that St Vincent and the Grenadines is in urgent need to acquire a second tranche of Pfizer vaccines from the United States, as the citizens are coming forward to take their first jabs of the vaccine.
The prime minister made the request during the handover ceremony of two field hospitals worth US$1.3 million, which are donated by the United States Joe Biden administration to the island.
Following his statement, he thanked and appreciated the United States for the first shipment of more than 35,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines while indirectly appealing that St Vincent and Grenadines is all set to receive its second tranche of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Prime Minister further highlighted that in the past few weeks, the island witnessed a hike in the COVID-19 infections, deaths and vaccine hesitancy, noting that this rise in the infections and deaths came amid the arrival of the delta and gamma variants.
Prime Minister has a firm belief that the vaccination rate of the island will rise soon as the citizens are coming forward to take their jabs at the COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the Pzifer vaccine is in high demand.
So far, more than 49,816 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where around 26 percent of its total population is vaccinated atleast with one dose while around 18.8 percent of individuals are fully vaccinated.