Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has urged Saint Lucians to take the COVID-19 vaccine as frontline workers here began receiving theirs on Wednesday.
“I really want to tell all Saint Lucians that the science has show that the vaccine is effective,” he said.
“And I would like them to take the vaccine,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader stated.
He indicated that it would be for their own well being and well being of their loved ones.
The SLP leader acknowledged that he received an invitation to get vaccinated.
But he indicated that he chose to allow the frontline workers and people directly involved to get theirs.
“And then when the government has a vaccination plan for the country, I will take the vaccine,” the Castries East MP explained.
He urged Saint Lucians to follow the COVID-19 protocols.
Pierre noted that the vaccine has been ‘scientifically verified.’
“They should take it – I encourage them to take it,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.
The SLP leader also thanked Barbados and Dominica for donating COVID-19 vaccines to this country.
He reiterated his party’s position that vaccinations should be part of this country’s response to COVID-19.
“I have no issues with the vaccinations,” Pierre declared.
However he said he wanted to repeat that he hopes the authorities will distribute the vaccines equitably.
“It’s a public health matter, it’s a matter that all Saint Lucians should get involved in,” Pierre said.
“There should be absolutely no political capital to be gained,” he noted.
Pierre said that he will be taking the vaccine.
“But I thought that I would allow the people who are more important than me in the fight against COVID to do it first,” he observed.