Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, last week announced that he held a meeting with Health Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste and executives of the telecommunications company FLOW to discuss collaboration on an extensive outreach and educational programme to sensitise the public on ‘all aspects of the vaccination debate and COVID-19 management’.
The meeting followed Pierre’s address to the nation on Wednesday, in which he disclosed that the Ministry of Health will soon be embarking on the sensitisation programme.
“We believe that education, dialogue and discussion are the only means by which the public can be properly informed on the vaccination issue,” the Prime Minister stated in his address.
However, he made it clear that his administration has no intention of ‘going down the road of government mandatory vaccinations.’
Pierre’s meeting with FLOW executives to discuss the local COVID-19 outreach and education programme was held against the backdrop of a worrying spike in COVID-19 infections here, including the disclosure on Friday that Saint Lucia had recorded three cases of the Delta Variant.
Later the same day, the Ministry of Health announced that Saint Lucia had recorded 82 new cases of COVID-19 from from a batch of 356 samples taken during the period August 10, 2021 to August 12, 2021 and processed on August 12, 2021.
And on Saturday, Saint Lucia recorded 93 new COVID-19 cases.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 6,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed locally.
Health officials revealed that in a 28 day period, Saint Lucia recorded 640 cases of COVID-19.
And the officials have expressed concern that the health care system could be ‘overwhelmed’.
Headline photo courtesy Saint Lucia Labour Party Facebook page.