Medical Officer of Health in Manchester, Dr. Nadine Williams, is urging people not to become complacent, as the Covid-19 cases and deaths decline.

She insisted that persons should continue to follow the protocols and to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus.

Addressing the issue of vaccine hesitancy, Dr. Williams disclosed that some people do not see the need to be vaccinated, while others are afraid of taking the vaccine.

Dr. Williams revealed that for Manchester, the uptake of the Pfizer vaccine has seen a slight increase since the health and wellness ministry made it available to other age groups.

Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Michael Bent, also underscored the importance of people continuing to follow Covid-19 protocols although curfew restrictions have been relaxed.

Mr. Bent said the Southern Regional Health Authority now has 120 beds and a field hospital available to Covid-19 patients.

Among rural parishes, Manchester has the third-highest incidence of Covid-19 infections since the onset of the pandemic in March last year.

The parish has recorded more than 5,000 Covid-19 cases up to Monday.