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Vaccine shortage is concerning

Published:Saturday | June 19, 2021 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I was listening the RJR news on Friday and there was a report that the Ministry of Health is now saying that there is a shortage of vaccines and only persons over 50 would be getting their second shot in the upcoming vaccination blitz. It seems that the Ministry of Health has made glaring missteps in the fight against COVID-19, and given the shortage of vaccines, can the ministry clarify the following:

• What is the current protocol for someone who tests positive for COVID-19 if the person is experiencing little or no symptoms?

• Why were persons under the age of 50 given the AstraZeneca when several countries in Europe had banned this vaccine for persons under 60?

• Why is the Ministry of Health refusing to consider the use of Ivermectin when several prominent local doctors have consistently called for its use, noting the impact it has in reducing deaths and hospitalisations?

• Is there a potential danger if there is an extended lapse between the giving of the first and second dose of the vaccine?

I hope some answers are provided.

MARSHA THOMAS