Member of Parliament for West Kingstown Daniel Cummings is appealing to Vincentians to get vaccinated to prevent becoming seriously sick or dying.
Cummings, speaking on the New Times Program last Monday, said that people who want to make a choice of whether they should take the vaccine, ought to be supported. “I encourage as we have been doing from the very beginning, those who have no health reason to avoid it, make yourself available for the vaccine and give yourself a chance of not becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19,” said Cummings.
The long standing MP said that he is disappointed that SVG ranks the lowest in the OECS in terms of the percentage of vaccinated persons and he pointed to the wrong approach of the authorities as a factor. He also blasted the government for not being serious about the pandemic, as public officials are seen in public without masks. Cummings highlighted the impact the pandemic is having on the economy including the tourism sector.
He said that in his opinion, all of the evidence points to a big advantage in taking the COVID-19 vaccine in that one is less likely to become seriously ill, which is so from all the statistics. “If that is the only reason in my humble opinion, that is sufficient to encourage people to take it,” said the MP.
“Of course we continue to support those who believe that there must be a free choice and there is absolutely no reason for the government to make it mandatory. So we support those who say, ‘Look, I want to make a choice and what I want to see the government do is to continue to do what we are doing; trying to show the population what are the benefits’,” said Cummings as he advanced his party’s position on the issue of vaccination.