Tuesday, September 27, 2022

PM Makes Vaccination Appeal – Warns Omicron Can Easily Overwhelm Health System

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre Sunday night made a passionate appeal to the people of Saint Lucia to get vaccinated, warning that the Omicron Variant can easily overwhelm the local health system.

Although Saint Lucia has not confirmed the presence of Omicron, health officials believe it may already be here.

“Omicron is not just a normal wave, it is a huge one,” Pierre declared in his New Year address to the nation, adding that the country cannot afford the luxury of lockdowns anymore.

He observed that the countries reporting that the variant is milder than previous waves have a vaccination rate two or three times that of Saint Lucia.

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Pierre asserted that there’s little comfort in the vaccination of one in every four Saint Lucians after vaccines have been available locally for an entire year.

The PM said vaccines have proved to be safe and effective.

“We no longer have the luxury of time. Doubt, procrastination and delay will only bring disease and death. I urge every Saint Lucian to go out and get vaccinated as a matter of urgency,” the Castries East MP said.

He explained that every citizen has a personal responsibility to protect their life and the lives of others.

“To every Saint Lucian who is not yet vaccinated I again urge you to get vaccinated. I repeat – to every Saint Lucian that is not yet vaccinated, I urge you, please, to get vaccinated,” Pierre pleaded.

The Prime Minister said he is fully vaccinated and has received his booster shot.

“This is not a time to play games with your lives. Even if the Omicron might be milder than Delta, it will still kill many. Please, stop taking unnecessary risks with your lives and the lives of others,” he declared.

Pierre also addressed other issues including crime, the nation’s finances, justice, governance, and actions to complete St Jude Hospital in his address.

The complete address appears below:

 

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33 COMMENTS

  1. No scruples. You are despicable to refer to someone as looking like the ‘omicron virus’.
    Know the Facts!!

  2. One Love!! Can’t we be nice to one another. Here you go mentioning the Almighty but using unkind words to describe the Prime Minister.
    Let’s take all necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our communities and our country.

  3. Did R.F. had a go at him? PjP looks punch drunk; my old punching bag in the basement looks in better shape. Since we can only have one P.M. at a time, stay strong because the Hawks close to you, are salivating at your job, and none in the unholy trinity are worthy of that position.(keep praying the Almighty can do much wonders)

  4. The First Time in History that the ineffectiveness of a Medicine is blamed on those who haven’t TAKEN it.

  5. @100smph
    You should be happy for just 3 days no water. Some communities are going on 3+ weeks.

    @everyone else
    Before fakovid I didn’t even want to go to VH. I would rather stay at home and die from all the past, present or upcoming viruses (there will be more) than take that kill shot that has killed so many Lucians already (still no mention of covid-19 vaccinated deaths). A fully vaccinated cop died 2 weeks ago and still no mention of his death because it will definitely put a damper on the vaccination effort.
    Where is the vaccine for Delta and Omicron?
    My choice is to never get this vaccine or booster.

  6. Let’s ignore the fact that 80% fewer hospitalisations with omicron. Let’s ignore south africa, where is was discovered, made it clear it is mild and removed all curfews. But yea keep riding that vaccine horse pierre. Same vaccines that do squat. Oh btw our hospitals NEVER have any space. Has nothing to do with covid and everything to do with cost cutting and mismanagement.

  7. What is in these vaccines and why is there a global effort to inject them into the body of every human being on the planet—by any means necessary?

    That is the question every sane person is asking.

    Coercion, bribery, propaganda, and censorship are not tools used by good guys.

    Pip please 🙄 as a leader you don’t beg bruh…you lead. What you’re gonna do next, hold a gun to our heads? Vaccination is not by force it’s by choice. The more you open your mouth pip,the more support you lose bruh. Thank gwad I didn’t listen to any address by this so call PM. What does your PM stand for? Smh.

    Yawnnnnning 🙄 tan. Let me go back to sleep. SLP is a sad lullaby.

  8. Yawnnnnning….

    Who’s speaking? Listen to the vaccine cult… smh.

    Laborie thank you for the laugh.

    The same vaccines that don’t work this 🤡is literally begging people to take it and when something happens to them they can’t hold anyone accountable,not even pip. I say carry on with y’all fear porn.

    If a vaccine is so effective and safe, how come one needs a booster shot 6-9 months after taking 2 shots?

    What about the countries demanding 4 shots😏?

    So every new variant,vaccinate 🙄and y’all Lucian’s claim to be intelligent. Smh.

    Tell PIP only his followers are listening to him and those who are clueless just like him.

    What is in these vaccines and why is there a global effort to inject them into the body of every human being on the planet—by any means necessary?

    That is the question every sane person is asking.

    Coercion, bribery, propaganda, and censorship are not tools used by good guys🤔

    Anyway carry on.

  9. “This Omicron variant is less deadly but it spreads very very fast…”

    Very, very true, but the “less deadly” part of the phrase should be examined with laser-like focus:

    Instead of preaching gloom and doom regarding Omicron, the incompetent medical authorities and clueless politicians should be encouraging contagious Omicron carriers from the UK to visit St. Lucia all-expenses paid (call it Omicron tourism), in order to ensure we infect as many St. Lucians as possible with the Omicron strain.

    Why? Omicron’s “less deadly” properties makes it present itself as the common cold; the lungs are not infected. It is so highly contagious that when most St. Lucians “catch” it, they would acquire natural immunity from Covid-19, and the pandemic in St. Lucia would come to a screeching halt!

    St. Lucians, ask your politicians and medical authorities why they they want this pandemic to go on forever. Are they being moronic (anagram of omicron), or is there a hidden agenda at play?

  10. well said PM you are on point but it is a long and hard road ahead . However we do not only want to hear nice words we need action .Especially when it come to crimes, corruption,traffic violation and employment . Thank you

  11. Man you starring down barrel of a cannon , the wave now starting it’s not Omicron as yet , so Delta still circulating. The clown you have there(Springer) ain’t ready that role PM. Wake up , wake up , wake up. I vested interest in you succeeding. As you covid highlights all delays, faults and neglect of a country. This country is on the eve of disaster. I know we can’t shut it down . Pip you need enforcement yesterday. Wake up , wake up the majority of Lucian’s are indiscipline, they can’t take simple direction and you leaving it up to them to make decision of such importance . Wake up

  12. “This Omicron variant is less deadly but it spreads very very fast…”

    Very, very true, but the “less deadly” part of the phrase should be examined with laser-like focus:

    Instead of preaching gloom and doom regarding Omicron, the incompetent medical authorities and clueless politicians should be encouraging contagious Omicron carriers from the UK to visit St. Lucia all-expenses paid, at once (call it Omicron tourism), in order to ensure we infect as many St. Lucians as possible with the Omicron strain.

    Why? Omicron’s “less deadly” properties makes it present itself as the common cold; the lungs are not infected. It is so highly contagious that most St. Lucians would “catch” it, they would acquire natural immunity from Covid-19, and the pandemic in St. Lucia would come to a screeching halt!

    St. Lucians, ask your politicians and medical authorities why they they want this pandemic to go on forever. Are they being moronic (anagram of omicron), or is there a hidden agenda at play?

  13. wehh boy some of these comments…CDC said it….WHO said it but u all still believe being vaxxed is a miracle…..ppl i do not know wen u all will understand that being vaxxed doesnt stop you from getitn the virus and being as sick as the unvaxxed…therefore i am PUSHING NO ONE to get vaccinated……for me its a choice….

    this vaccination thing has caused too much division not only in st lucia but in the world….u wake up and all of a sudden no body knows abt cancer anymore nobody knows abt diabetes anymore everybody is concerned abt being vaccinated and have leaders brainwashing them to the T…..

    i am going to feel sorry for us in a few months time…..or even years at that….dnt think ppl will sit idly by and watch their bread taken away or children cant go to school jus for nt being vaxxed….u guys have another thing coming….

    my best advise TO EACH HIS OWN….please remember everybody cannot be vaccinated….have a heart….there are the sick among us…..dnt get involved in ppl personal affairs….

  14. Nothing about Wasco…. Smmph day 3 no water sent to residential neighborhood past sandals golf club in cap estate in the beginning of the year smmph Wasco Wasco Wasco Wasco……….why are sandals getting priority water supplications over the people of st Lucia for years now sandals gets the peoples water why is this continuing and allowed? They have gotten away with not paying 7 plus millions in taxes to US the people of st Lucia! Why are these resorts royalton, not forced to use their own pumps daily? Smffhhhh it’s 2022 and no water sent to cap estate residents in 3 days! Wtf is this!…..? Smph @ Wasco authorities figures who have gotten away with this rancid deplorable behaviors for generations and here in our 2022 address the new PM doesn’t mention PHoCking WASCO!,,,,,,,,, Jesus put a hand on this.

  15. Prime Minister Pierre was very much on target during his appeal to the nation where he noted that citizens must be more responsible for their actions during this Covid-19 crisis.
    One of the realities we must come to grips with is that we are all tired in more ways than one. We are tired of wearing our masks, tired of the rhetoric and disinformation of vaxers and anti-vaxers. We are tired with people who play games with their lives and put others at risk because of their selfish choices. We are tired of politicking over life and death. Yes, we are all tired. This Pandemic has drained and sapped us of our energies and limited our functioning. However, we cannot let our tiredness get us down and wary, throw our hands in despair. We cannot give up. We must continue to fight COVID-19 by continuing to use available tools like Covid-19 vaccines to reduce hospitalization and protect our families, mask wearing, social distancing and adhering to all Protocols. This Omicron variant is less deadly but it spreads very very fast. Therefore it means we must be vigilant and not let our guards down.
    Protect yourself, your families and the Country – Get Vaccinated!!

  16. It is your freedom of choice to get vaccinated as we all know. As the PM, he is doing his best urging people to get vaccinated but some on here are ridiculing him. The countries with a better healthcare system are overwhelmed with this omnicron wave but some people are casting petty remarks on here about it. The reality is alot of lives in St Lucia will continue to be lost daily because of the vaccine hesitancy. I don’t envy your position Mr Pierre but St Lucia has a very, very long way to go with people deciding to get vaccinated. Alot of st lucians think they are more likely to die from the side effects of the vaccine than to die of covid. I am vaccinated and would not push anyone into getting vaccinated and neither do I discourage anyone from taking the vaccine if they want to. I work in the healthcare system and I can atest to the fact that the “sickest” patients with the covid in hospital are the un-vaccinated ones. Some do not want to hear but it is the truth.

  17. Pjp you look like the Omicron virus ..just can’t believe lucians vote for you..they better don’t believe nothing comes out from your mouth..you don’t even care about the malayway..

  18. This new variant, has heightened the threshold for vaccination. Vaccination will not stop infection, but it will greatly minimize sickness for most of the vaccinated, you can ride it out home with some Tylonal or something. If you care about yourself, loved ones and community, go get vaccinated if you are able too. Because one things’s for sure, this monster is not here to play, It just wants to infect, make sick and kill. It does not discriminate. Vaccinate, Mask Up, Sanitize, Social Distance and Stay Safe Everyone.x

  19. PM was honest and clearly articulated government priorities for the new year. The economy cannot afford another lockdown and our schools need to remain open for face-to- face learning.

  20. Honorable PJP you said in it plain and simple…..every leader of every nation they preaching the same thing for the New Years even the damn Pope. The vaccine may not stop it but at least you stand a chance of not going to Victoria or St Jude’s you can lay down at home……who don’t want vaccine die in peace don’t over burden the health system.

  21. Soon people will have no choice but to take the vaccine. We are not independent but rather interdependent. Kindly appreciate what has taken place in trinidad, France and the other democratic states.

  22. It’s amazing how Vaccination dominates a New Years address by one who gave the former government less than flattering remarks and reviews for promoting vaccines a few months ago. He said he is following the Science but as far as everyone knows the Science has clearly indicated that it is worthless when it comes to the African variant. Why then should anyone listen to you today to rush for a vaccine. I’m fully vaccinated but still have lingering doubts cause every now and then I have severe paint in the area of my first shot. I will not even comment on the rest of the address but I’m waiting for the hacks to crucify me cause I think this is the worst by a country mile New Years address ever delivered by a Prime Minister.

  23. St. Lucians are to be left alone – let them have their own way and deal with the consequences. They believe that lowanjet, and chichimaar and soft candle can cure everything. However, please note your healthcare system ???????????? is not capable to dealing with minor issues much more a pandemic.

  24. The vaccine is useless against omnicron. If it is indeed real. That’s what the science says. The science also says don’t go on cruises. We are under clown leadership.

  25. Yet with the face of cluelessness you warning of the virus that was allowed here. The vaccine can still give complications but i more believe in keeping yourself healthy for the covid and just like you said a corrupt government brings a corrupt country is the only positive thing you said and yet you ignore the corruptions in your SLP administration thus resulting in this crime spike. So much for your crime fighting ideas just promoting law ain’t sh!t gonna change…

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