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Guyana Defence Force Backs COVID-19 Vaccination

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Guyana Defense Force (GDF) Soldiers board a Colorado Army National Guard (COARNG) 2nd Battalion (BN), 135th Aviation Regiment (2/135th) UH-60 Blackhawk (Black Hawk) utility helicopter to help guard medical supplies being transported to New Amsterdam, Berbice District, Guyana (GUY), from Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) District, GUY, as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE).

Guyana Defence Force has warned all its members to make sure they have received the appropriate COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Newssource Guyana, the following was revealed in a memo issued to Commanders prior to Friday. The memo states that only vaccinated personnel shall be permitted to enter the transportation area of the GDF and that they shall be served food first.

Any Guyana Defence Force member who refuses to get vaccinated will face sanctions. Although the Guyanese government has stated that COVID-19 is not mandatory, soldiers will be required to receive the vaccine.

While frontline workers are the first to be vaccinated, many of the GDF and Joint Services do not want to be vaccinated. They have been urged by the Ministry of Health to go and be vaccinated for their own safety. The Government is stepping up its campaign to get more persons vaccinated against COV-19.

Guyana Defence Force Personnel Enforcing Curfew

Although the rate of infection has not been proven to be affected by shifting to a different curfew time, the Vice President of Guyana, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, thinks that this measure will help to prevent an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Jagdeo said other countries in the region that have been in lockdown since the start of the pandemic have experienced worse levels of infections.

“We have demonstrated that there is no empirical evidence to say [by] shifting curfew hours you will get fewer rates of infection,” said Jagdeo who added that the government was not considering a lockdown.

About Guyana Defence Force

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is the military of Guyana. The GDF is currently the smallest standing defence force in South America. Its purpose is to defend and protect the sovereignty of the country and citizens.

Its armed forces number over 2,000 soldiers and have military bases across the nation. The commander-in-chief is always the incumbent President.

What COVID-19 Vaccines available to Guyanese?

  1. BIBP Vaccine
  2. AstraZeneca COVID‐19 Vaccine
  3. Sputnik V Vaccine

Guyana: What is the daily number of confirmed cases?

Guyana Latest COVID-19 Updates

After receiving 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine, Guyana is backed by 600,000 additional doses. For any country that wants to create a level of protection against the COVID-19 virus, this is a critical step forward. But as long as people are not coming forward for vaccination, the risk of infection will remain high.

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