St Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader, Dr Godwin Friday, continues to take the ULP Government to task over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a virtual news conference held yesterday, Dr. Friday said ‘The COVID-19 situation in SVG is worse than it was last year.’
The President of the New Democratic Party (NDP) took his first COVID-19 vaccine dose. He is encouraging others with concerns to do their research to hopefully become comfortable about the vaccine.
Friday mentioned “Despite the downplaying of the situation by members of the government, we must all know that the situation is still very bad and may not get much better anytime soon. We must continue to do the things that make us safe: wear masks in public; social distancing; wash hands regularly; cough safely.”
At the same time Friday said the best medical and scientific advice is to use vaccination to combat COVID 19. This is the safest and fastest way to get back functional society and economy.
In other parts of the world, especially Europe, USA and Canada, the pace of vaccination has accelerated. Those countries are looking to open their economies and societies sooner rather than later, despite recent set backs.
I know people have concerns about the vaccines, some reasonable and some based on unfounded theories and disinformation. We must take matter seriously and inform ourselves about vaccination from reputable and knowledgeable sources.
Ask those people here who have been vaccinated about the process and how they came to decide to be vaccinated. Then hopefully you will feel sufficiently informed and comfortable enough to be vaccinated. We need to do it to get our lives back and to get tourism back.
The President of the New Democratic Party further said “But no one should threaten you about vaccination. Proper information and the experience of those vaccinated here, I believe will lead most people to vaccinate.
No one should make offers that seem to be more political than based on public health concerns.”