Ladd is the Chair of the New London Association for SVG.
‘I am well into my seventies, a retired teacher with first-hand knowledge of this deadly, pestilent virus. There was never any doubt in my mind I would accept the offer of a vaccine, especially after I experienced the effects of COVID-19 shortly after Christmas. Fortunately, my experience of the virus was very mild and I did not hesitate when I was offered an opportunity to take the vaccine.
Just after Christmas I felt a little feverish so went for a Covid test. A few days later I was informed that the test was positive and I should self-isolate. I soon developed a high fever. At night it felt like a firework display with flashing coloured lights zooming in all directions was happening in my head.
During the day I was confined to bed feeling completely out of sorts and sweating profusely. For six straight nights my sleep was disrupted from the attacks in my head which were severe and alarming. One night I awoke and felt so awful I wondered if I would see the sunrise in the morning.
Surprisingly my breathing felt normal and I lost neither my sense of smell or taste, however I completely lost my appetite and survived on a diet of cold orange juice and honey which resulted in me losing about 2 stone in a week. My wife was very attentive and close to me during the period of my illness however she showed no symptoms. I therefore suspect that she must have been asymptomatic.
A week or two after my illness my wife and I were vaccinated. I immediately felt a sense of confidence, joy and had a feeling of security and protection. I find it disturbing that some members of the Caribbean community are expressing serious doubts when offered the opportunity to be vaccinated. Take a look at what is happening globally and let that be your guide. Prevention is better than cure.