The Office of the President today said that 83,000 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrived this morning at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The arrival of the Russian-made vaccine will be a boost to the current vaccination programme which is facilitating all persons over the age of 18.
The Ministry of Health on its Facebook page today said that over 86,000 persons have been vaccinated.
To date, Guyana has received donations of 3,000 AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines from Barbados, 20,000 Sinopharm vaccines from China and 80,000 AZ vaccines from India. Guyana in turn donated 5,000 shots from the Indian donation to Barbados.
Guyana has also received 55,000 shots of Sputnik V that it purchased and 24,000 doses of AZ through the COVAX mechanism. All of the vaccines acquired so far require two shots to be administered per person. It would mean that Guyana has received enough vaccines to fully inoculate – two shots each – 88,500 persons.
The arrival today of the 83,000 Sputnik doses will cater for full inoculation of another 41, 500 persons which means that 130,000 persons are fully catered for leaving roughly 370,000 more persons in the target group and 740,000 vaccines to acquire. Today’s arrival is the single largest shipment to date.