Health Minister Mary Isaac has assured citizens that there are enough COVID-19 vaccines to go around.
As a result, she has explained that there’s no need to rush.
The assurance follows what authorities here say has been a good response to the national vaccine campaign.
” I know there is a bit of anxiety,” Isaac told St Lucia Times.
There have been reports of crowds converging on vaccine centres.
The reports indicate that at some centres people have not been observing the COVID-19 protocols.
However, Isaac said she herself did not see that.
And she told St Lucia Times that she had not directly received concerns.
But she encouraged people to practice the protocols even when they are going for their vaccines.
Isaac said she knows there are some who believe they are not going to get the jab.
She expressed the view that as a result, there’s pressure for them to congregate at centres.
“So I want to take this opportunity to assure every Saint Lucian that we have sufficient vaccines,” Isaac said.
“We will continue to get vaccines,” the Minister declared.
She said this country will be able to vaccinate its entire population if they present themselves.
As a result, Isaac said people ought not to rush.
She urged citizens to continue following the protocols at the vaccination centres.
Isaac said they should wear masks, sanitise and observe social distancing.
She said it would not help if people take a vaccine while not following the protocols.
However, she recalled that at Marigot Secondary School Friday afternoon, people were following the protocols at the time she visited.
Nevertheless, the Minister said in instances where crowd control is necessary, the police would have to assist.
She observed however, that the police role would not be to arrest people.
“But to indicate there is an authority among us and the authority is ensuring people follow the protocols,” Isaac stated.
Headline photo: People at Vaccine Centre in Vieux Fort