St.Kitts and Nevis Vaccination
St. Kitts and Nevis Achieves 80% Vaccination rate as Christmas Celebration Approaches. The Minister of Tourism, Port and Transport, Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant extended gratitude to residents, nationals and tourism stakeholders that assisted St. Kitts and Nevis in achieving an 80% vaccination rate. From the records, nearly 73.6 per cent of the population and 24,875 individuals have received their second jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine, while a total of 80.1 per cent of St. Kitts and Nevis population have taken their first dose as of November 28, 2021.
Achieving a high vaccination rate boosts the Islanders’ confidence to welcome tourists once again to this 2021 festive December season.
So, it’s that time of the year to pack your bags, hop on a plane and arrive at your ideal vacation destination at St. Kitts and Nevis!
The December Celebrations ushers into full swing the Saint Kitts & Nevis yearly National Carnival, which runs for six weeks. This years’ Carnival started on November 13, 2021 and will run through December until January 3, 2022. Celebrations in December commonly lead up to the primary week of the carnival celebrations during the Christmas and New Year week. Traditionally the Carnival starts on a Friday with a female calypso show and climaxes with New Year Day’s national carnival parade.
The Christmas season is for spreading joys and good cheer. From the bands jamming through the streets to the revellers ready for mass and the rum cakes baking in the oven to the eager children excited for gifts, to the sweet sorrel on the chill in the fridge and the schools and churches with their Christmas programs, the town is lit with amazing bright colours with family and friends congregating for delicious feasts.
Vacationers should also look forward to St Kitts and Nevis Festival of Lights 2021 coming up on December 19, 2021, at Garvey’s estate, Boyds. The Festival of Lights trails with music, games, food, and so much entertainment as Christmas celebrations gear up.
The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, has been working relentlessly towards reviving the economy impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the reopening of the tourism sector, hundreds have received employment, and the tourism industry performed exceptionally well this last quarter.
The country also received an increase of airlines choosing St Kitts and Nevis as their location. All major international and regional airlines, including British Airways, LIAT, American Airlines, Sky High, are back. Frontier airline will arrive on December 4.
Also, recently, three cruise ships docked at the Port Zante, bringing along hundreds of guests from all over the world. This has indirectly brought back employment for locals.
Approximately twenty percent of travellers to St Kitts and Nevis are nationals returning to the country, and sixty percent of travellers are arriving from the United States of America. All this has been possible as the government handled the COVID-19 crisis exceptionally well.
COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis
Dr. Timothy Harris also encourages the citizens to take doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to fight and defeat the latest mutant.
Citizens are also advised to strictly follow the COVID-19 health protocols and measures like maintaining social distance, wearing facial masks, hand sanitizing, etc.
COVID-19 hotline numbers for the citizens – (869) 467-1146/1233 (St Kitts), (869) 469-5521, 2035/2051/(869) 469 -8010 (Nevis island), has been provided by the government.
The COVID-19 daily data shows that St Kitts and Nevis have collectively contained this third wave of the virus. With COVID guidelines, people adhere to non-pharmaceutical methods such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene.
St Kitts and Nevis vaccination drive started February 2021. They soon became the first country in the region to reach the World Health Organization minimum goal of getting at least 40 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
The government is also actively working towards making the vaccination campaign more attractive for people.
The government has made Port Zante, St. Kitts and Nevis, accessible to all with compliance to all non-pharmaceutical protocols. Public access to the port will generate business activities and broader access to goods and services. Tourists coming to St Kitts and Nevis by air or cruise must be vaccinated and have access to all COVID-19 approved sites such as Caribelle Batik, Brimstone Hill, and Black Rocks.