Prime Minister Dr Hon. Ralph Gonsalves has called on prominent figures in SVG such as church and political figures to do more than just say that they’ve taken the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Prime Minister wants these high profile individuals to urge the public to get vaccinated.
“Saturday morning I read where the Bishop of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, not only took the vaccine but urged his congregation and all Jamaicans, urged them strongly to take the vaccine”.
In the medical profession in Jamaica; individual doctors have issued strong urgings for people to take the vaccine, the medical association in Jamaica has done that, the same thing has happened in Barbados, Gonsalves said.
“I’m urging for that to be done here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
“The churches must be more upfront, not just individual pastors saying “I take it”.
“The same thing with political leaders; not just to say “You know I’ve taken the vaccine, there are some who may say “I’ve taken the vaccine but it’s your individual choice, get all the information and weigh your personal decision”.
Well, that’s only halfway, you’re a leader. You have to urge, you have to lead and say take the vaccine, Gonsalves stated.
As of the Ministry of Health’s most recent COVID-19 update dashboard, 8,247 persons have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in SVG.