Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told reporters Tuesday that he suffered no side effects from taking the COVID-19 vaccine last week.
“I did not have any side effects,” he explained.
But he said he was aware that some people experienced pain in their arm for a few hours.
He also noted that some had headache or fever or both.
However Chastanet said he was very fortunate.
Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre said he received an invitation to get a COVID-19 vaccine last week.
But he explained that he chose to allow the frontline workers and people directly involved to get theirs.
“When the government has a vaccination plan for the country, I will take the vaccine,” Pierre stated.
Nevertheless, he encouraged citizens to get the jab.
Some citizens are hesitating to take the vaccine.
“Well, everybody has their way of showing their support,” Prime Minister Chastanet.
His remark came when reporters asked about the opposition position.
“At the end of the day I think as a leader of this country we have the responsibility to lead from the front,” he asserted.
“I think it would have been more appropriate for them to have come up front. At the end of the day it’s a couple of shots particularly for the leader,” the PM observed.
“But everybody speaks for himself and they are certainly free to do as they want because as we said, it’s a voluntary action and it’s for free,” Chastanet told reporters.
“I am hoping that when the next batch arrives, hopefully this week, that they will be more inclined to take it and show leadership and show those hesitating to take the vaccine there’s nothing wrong – it is perfectly safe,” the PM said.
He expressed the view that the vaccine will benefit not only the recipients.
But he said it will help to keep others safe.