Governor John Rankin receives a second Covid-19 booster shot. He encouraged more people to get vaccinated. (Photo: GIS)

Governor John Rankin has received his second booster shot at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital, government announced Friday.

Mr. Rankin encouraged other residents to get vaccinated, noting that the current batch of adult Pfizer vaccines — the ninth vaccine delivery from the United Kingdom government — will expire at the end of September.

“While the impact of Covid-19 and numbers of cases appears to have reduced, vaccines remain the best way to protect our community and freedoms, with previous restrictions now largely lifted,” he stated in a press release. “I urge those of you who can to vaccinate, even if you have not yet had your first dose. It is not too late.”

As of June 2, 18,053 people — about 60.2 percent of the estimated population — had been fully vaccinated in the territory.

Government’s goal is 22,500 people — about 75 percent of the population — with an “extra protection goal” of 24,000 people, or about 80 percent.

The most recent Covid-19 update came on July 13 from acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges, who said there were a total of 24 known active positive cases in the territory at the time. Prior to that, on June 9, government reported 68 active cases.

On July 13, Dr. Georges said that there were two main variants of concern: the BA.4 and BA.5 variants. He said the BA.2 and BA.4 Omicron variants had been found within the territory.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development didn’t respond to requests for updated Covid-19 numbers as of the Beacon’s print deadline yesterday afternoon.