PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday, December 2nd, and Friday, December 3rd, the White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) hosted a vaccination pop-up for the booster against Covid-19. On Thursday, a total of 146 boosters were given. Thirty-two to the WYCCF staff, 70 clients, and 44 clients' family members and senior citizens. On Friday, all healthcare workers on the island were invited to come and take their booster, as well as the remainder of the WYCCF staff, clients, and family members who couldn't come the day before. On Friday, the remaining staff and clients and all local healthcare workers were invited for their booster vaccine, adding up to a total of 332.
The process went just as smoothly as in February and March when the WYCCF functioned as a vaccination location for two weeks. Guests were pleased with how the event was organized, the staff was very kind, and the waiting time was almost none. The WYCCF would like to thank everyone for coming and, in particular, its staff for these two very successful two days, as they indeed did a fantastic job. The WYCCF also thanks Dr. Neha Dayalani-Vaswani, who attended as the supervising doctor.
The WYCCF is also delighted with the number of staff and clients it could provide with the booster. 95% of the eligible Nursing Home clients took their booster, with similar rates in the psycho-geriatric daycare of WYCCF, where many vulnerable clients receive care. With the new, more contagious Omnicron variant, boosting your protection against Covid-19 becomes even more important. Even though the numbers of active cases on the island have been relatively low lately, this pandemic is not yet over. We want to prevent a situation like we are currently seeing in Europe, where hospitals are overflowing once again with primarily unvaccinated persons. Therefore, we need to do everything we can to protect our vulnerable clients. The WYCCF asks everyone, for the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, to get vaccinated.