Philip J. Pierre took a COVID-19 vaccine jab Thursday, reiterating that had always said that he would.
“I believe in the science,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader told reporters afterwards.
Pierre recalled that he had said that the frontliners should take the vaccine first and he would follow.
“I did just that,” the Castries East MP explained.
He said he is convinced that enough first responders have taken the vaccine.
As a result, Pierre encouraged all Saint Lucians to do the same.
He said he believes the COVID-19 vaccine is one protection against the virus.
“Our party cares about the people of Saint Lucia. Our party cares about the health of Saint Lucia,” Pierre declared.
He told reporters that all Saint Lucians should take the vaccine.
Pierre said it is the safe thing to do especially now when deaths from COVID-19 seem to be increasing.
He urged citizens to also observe the protocols and ‘follow the science’.
But Pierre said they should not allow politicians to fool them.
He said individuals who try to get political gain from the COVID-19 situation should be ’roundly castigated.’
Pierre disclosed that all opposition MPs will be taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Regarding his own experience with the jab, Pierre chuckled and said it was a simple process.
“It’s good – it was a very simple process – it was painless and I feel good,” he explained.
Pierre spoke as the Ministry of Health intensifies its vaccination drive.
Health care workers are immunising all the members of parliament.
And Ministry officials said they were immunising the opposition members and the Senators on Thursday.
“Thus far the response on Island has been very good,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George she told reporters.
The vaccine campaign started with frontline workers, including police and fire officers.
However, this week health officials are concentrating on people over the age of 65.
But they are also targetting people with chronic health conditions.
The campaign is taking place amid assertions by the Ministry of Health that it is noticing a ‘steady decrease’ in COVID-19 cases.