The Ministry of Health & Wellness and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are pleased to announce that AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will now be available at vaccination sites countrywide thanks to a donation of 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by the Government of India.

The Government of Belize extends its gratitude to the people and Government of India for the invaluable donation of vaccines, which will help to protect our population against COVID-19. This is the second direct donation of vaccines that India has so generously provided to Belize.

The public is reminded that an unvaccinated person is 24 times more likely to suffer from severe illness and die due to COVID-19 when compared with vaccinated individuals. The Ministry of Health & Wellness, therefore, continues to remind persons, especially the vulnerable population such as the elderly, pregnant women and persons with underlying medical conditions, to protect themselves by getting vaccinated; continue to utilize a well-fitted face mask, especially in crowded indoor and outdoor areas; and practice regular hand washing and sanitizing, and social distancing.