By Demion McTair. Updated 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Two children and one teacher have been confirmed to have COVID-19 since some classes resumed face-to-face in St. Vincent and the Grenadines at hubs.
Many school buildings across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being used as volcano emergency shelters and as a result, many schools have resumed their face-to-face classes at alternative locations called hubs, over the last two weeks.
Many of these face-to-face classes are for students preparing for final external exams. Other classes are being hosted online.
According to Minister of Health, St. Clair Prince, who was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, June 1, there could be more COVID-19 cases at these hubs.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is investigating.
“We are still investigating whether there are others. We have suspicions that there are others in these hubs,” he said.
At emergency shelters, there are 54 cases, minister Prince said.
The total number of active Covid-19 cases across St. Vincent and the Grenadines has risen to 192.
Minister Prince said he is encouraging Vincentians to get vaccinated to reduce chances of severe reactions to COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
Some 21,600 additional vaccines came in on May 25, 2021 from the Covax facility, he said, adding that the ministry is trying to get more of the Sputnik vaccine.
He said that over 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Some 13, 902 are first dose, while 6, 432 people have taken their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.