Beautiful Virgin Islands

Monday, Feb 26, 2024

BVIHSA concerned about decline in child vaccination rates locally

BVIHSA concerned about decline in child vaccination rates locally

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has raised concerns about the decline in mandatory childhood vaccination in the territory as there is a resurgence of some diseases internationally.

In an interview with JTV 55 News, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Manager at the BVIHSA, Marina Bedeau said the BVI has a history of coverage of 98-100 per cent in childhood vaccines but that has declined since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

“We looked at different reasons why it happened. Initially, we say okay, parents and guardians are afraid to come out because of the lockdowns that we had prevented them from coming—the social distancing, they were not coming to the clinics. But now that we are in a decline where they have time to go, [they] do every other thing. They can take their children to any other clinics — clinics that they are used to — to have the children vaccinated, especially now that school will be reopened. The children are required to be vaccinated for entry into school,” Bedeau said.

She reminded parents the vaccines the children must get are Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP vaccine), Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella which protects against chicken pox. She also noted they are all mandatory vaccines for children.

“We have had quite a few persons coming in refusing to have the children vaccinated because of the same COVID vaccines. And so, we try now to see how we can get them to please continue the children’s immunization at the various clinics,” Bedeau said.

Re-emergence of diseases internationally


Meanwhile, Acting Interim Chief Executive Officer of the BVIHSA Dr June Samuel highlighted that parents must vaccinate their children as there is the re-emergence of diseases internationally.

“This issue about parents having their children vaccinated, we would be aware and we’re mindful that there is now a resurgence of polio in the US and there have been outbreaks of measles in the past as well. Now it’s a very international world. People move from one place to the next very easily. So, one of the issues is if we let our vaccination coverage fall too low, then we lose the advantage of having herd immunity… or we have the reintroduction of the diseases that we already have eradicated. So that’s something we don’t want to have to deal with—polio remerging in the BVI,” Dr. Samuels said.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
Farmers break through police barriers in Brussels.
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
London's Iconic British Telecom Tower Sold To Become Hotel
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Ukraine Arrests Father-Son Duo In Lockbit Cybercrime Bust
BVI Freedom Song
US Offers $15 Million For Info On Leaders Of Cybercrime Group Lockbit
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Russia Claims UK Cultural Agency Spied for Ukraine
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
Apple warns against drying iPhones with rice
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
Alexei Navalny: UK sanctions Russian prison chiefs after activist's death
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
German economy is in 'troubled waters' - ministry
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
In a recent High Court hearing, the U.S. argued that Julian Assange endangered lives by releasing classified information.
Hello Dolly
New video
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Tucker Carlson says Boris Johnson wants "a million dollars, in Bitcoin or cash, from Tucker Carlson to talk about Ukraine.
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns
Yes He Can
EU Commission wants anti-drone defenses at Brussels HQ
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Von der Leyen’s 2nd-term pitch: More military might, less climate talk
Unforgettable
Global Law Enforcement Dismantles Lockbit Ransomware Operation
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
Prince William Urges End to Gaza Conflict
The Lord's Prayer
UK court to hear Assange's final appeal against extradition to the US, where he faces charges related to his journalistic work—the publication of a classified video in 2010 that exposed US war crimes against humanity.
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
About 50-60% kids either chose to be YouTuber or influencer
Siyahamba
A viral video of Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce lying on a Canberra footpath is celebrated by his media mates.
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
European Countries React to Navalny's Death by Summoning Russian Diplomats
Ramblin' Rose
Israel has gone ‘beyond self-defence’ in Gaza, says Labour’s Streeting
Protoje - Who Knows ft. Chronixx
English farmers to be offered ‘largest ever’ grant scheme amid food security concerns
Pressure - Virgin Islands Nice
Cameron government knew Post Office ditched Horizon IT investigation
Phil Wickham - House Of The Lord
EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict
My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
EU Vows To Hold Putin "Accountable" After Meeting Alexei Navalny's Wife
The Lion King Circle of Life by LEBO M. — LIVE at the HAVASI Symphonic
EU Launches Probe Into TikTok Over Child Protection Under Digital Content Law
Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In
The EU Initiates Naval Mission to Defend Red Sea Trade Routes
Kanye West Sunday Service - hallelujah, salvation, and glory
EU and UK Announce Joint Effort on Migration
Jonathan Nelson - I Believe (Island Medley
Brazil's Lula Likens Gaza Operation to Holocaust, Israel Says "Red Line" Crossed
From The Virgin Islands Sqad Up
Ministers Confirm Proposal to Prohibit Mobile Phone Usage in English Schools
Common, John Legend - Glory
Microsoft-backed OpenAI valued at $80bn after company completes deal
Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell - If I Ain't Got You
‘Alexei would want to tell Russia not to give up fighting’
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Rwandan Footballer's Dismissal Sparks Concerns Over UK Asylum Plan
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Whisky Challenges China's Baijiu Market During New Year Celebrations
BVI Freedom Song
Avdiivka - Symbol Of Ukrainian Resistance Now In Control Of Russian Troops
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Putin Critic Alexei Navalny's "Killers" Refusing To Hand Over Body, Say Allies
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
20 Tech Giants Sign Effort To Fight AI Election Interference Across Globe
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
Joe Biden Accuses Putin of Causing Navalny's Death
Hello Dolly
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has died at the Arctic prison colony
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Tucker Carlson grocery shopping in Russia. This is so interesting.
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
Julian Assange's Wife Warns of His Death if Extradited to US
Yes He Can
‘A lot higher than we expected’: Russian arms production worries Europe’s war planners
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Greece Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights
Unforgettable
Hungarian Foreign Minister: Europeans will lose Europe, the Union's policy must change drastically
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
In Britain Homeowners are receiving CPO’s (Compulsory Purchase Orders) so their homes can be redistributed to migrants
The Lord's Prayer
Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
Influencers Exploit X Platform for Profit Amidst Israel-Gaza Conflict
Siyahamba
Former Dutch PM And Wife Die "Together Hand In Hand" Via Duo Euthanasia
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
×