Amid a noticeable increase in COVID-19 deaths and the number of persons who have been hospitalised with the more severe symptoms of the disease, Guyana’s Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, has called on all eligible Guyanese to take the vaccine.

 On Tuesday morning, Dr. Anthony took the first dose of the recently procured Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

“People feel that I am hesitant to take the vaccine so I want to dispel that myth and ensure that people can see that I have taken the vaccine and now if that was preventing them from getting theirs, that they can come on board and get theirs,” Dr. Anthony said.

He also related that he wanted to ensure that many of Guyana’s frontline healthcare workers received their vaccines before he took his, adding that Guyana has been able to secure many doses of vaccine and is expecting many more. 

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