Roughly 50 percent of the British Virgin Islands’ population is now vaccinated against COVID-19.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald Georges gave that indication in a COVID
-19 update at the weekend.
“While this may blunt the impact of hospitalisation and death from future outbreaks, it still has much room for improvement,” Dr Georges stated.
According to the Health Ministry’s last known COVID
epidemiological summary released on September 24, a total of 15,164 persons have been fully vaccinated while another 2,330 are partially vaccinated against the virus.
The summary further indicated that there are at least 61 active cases of COVID
-19 in the territory; bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,714.
“The potential for further outbreaks is a very real possibility for the Virgin Islands
given the relaxation of measures to allow economic activity, general fatigue with adherence to public health measures, low vaccination rates,” the CMO stated.
He, therefore, advised residents to continue to adhere to all public health measures, comply with any quarantine orders and instructions of public health officers, report any suspected instances of quarantine breaches to Public Health at 468 2274 or the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force at 311, and vail themselves of opportunities for vaccination.