St Lucia: Fully vaccinated tested positive in fifth wave of COVID-19

As Saint Lucia battles a fifth COVID-19 wave that began on December 16, health officials claim the island has seen numerous cases among vaccinated people.

St Lucia: As Saint Lucia battles a fifth COVID-19 wave that began on December 16, health officials claim the island has seen numerous cases among vaccinated people.

“A number of positive COVID-19 cases have been observed in the vaccinated community during this latest wave — what is known as vaccine breakthrough cases,” National Immunisation Manager Tecla Jn Baptiste said in a statement on Tuesday.

“These are those who test positive for COVID-19 after being completely vaccinated for more than 14 days after finishing their primary series.” Jn Baptiste elaborated.

She claims that most of the cases are asymptomatic or have very modest symptoms.

According to health officials, the country has averaged 136 cases per day since the fifth COVID-19 wave began here.

The circulation of the Omicron version, according to Jn Baptiste, is particularly dubious considering the transmission rate.

According to the National Immunisation Manager, although the cases are less severe and often moderate, the Omicron variant can cause life-threatening infections in those who have not been vaccinated.

Unvaccinated persons are more likely to become seriously ill or die, while those who get the vaccine usually just get a minor illness if they get infected.

The elderly and persons dealing with chronic diseases, according to Jn Baptiste, are at much higher risk than other groups, because the likelihood of serious sickness grows with age.

She also stated that an individual’s outcome is determined by their overall health as well as their immune system’s ability to fight infections.

“In light of this, people who are just partially vaccinated or have never been vaccinated are recommended to get vaccinated.” “Get boosted if you’ve been vaccinated for more than six months,” Jn Baptiste advised.

She claims that not getting fully vaccinated raises the danger of becoming infected, having a re-infection, and becoming extremely unwell.

While stating that vaccination is still the best way to defend against COVID-19 and its variants, the top Health Ministry official advised her audience that people should also take additional precautions, such as wearing a face mask and sanitising.