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St Kitts expects ‘herd immunity’ soon

Regional 22 Apr, 2021 Follow News

St Kitts and Nevis has rolled out its vaccination programme quickly

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris announced that almost 24 percent of the target vaccination population had received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is an extremely high output.

Since the vaccination roll-out campaign started a month ago, over 8,000 people have received their first shot. Harris hclaimed that despite St Kitts and Nevis being a small country, it was closer to herd immunity than Europe and the US.

Despite the nation's international borders opening on Oct. 31, St Kitts and Nevis continues to be one of the least impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting no current community spread and zero deaths overall. The dual islands ask visitors to take a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and utilise a contract tracing app for the first 14 days with obligatory quarantine in an approved hotel.

Harris claimed that due to St Kitts and Nevis' impeccable track record of COVID-19 management, there are many positive outcomes. Over 600 students have returned to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, bringing business for landlords, rental cars companies and restaurants. "Educational tourism is critical to long-stay tourism," he said.

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