The Leader of the Opposition expressed that, “It is critical to receive the second dose of the vaccine to ensure its effectiveness.”
According to the press release, getting both doses of the vaccine maximises one’s ability to receive full immunity from the vaccine and that receiving only one dose does not afford a person with the full protection and does not give the full effectiveness of the vaccine.
Both Opposition Members received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on February 11, 2021.
Noting the global shortage on vaccines, Honourable Vanterpool encouraged persons to not let the vaccines go to waste and to utilise all the donations received.
“Vaccine supplies are becoming limited therefore for those vaccines that have two doses - it is very important to get both doses for the best protection against the COVID-19 disease,” Honourable Vanterpool said.
While expressing his support for vaccination, the Opposition Leader said he recognises that while vaccination is not a silver bullet it is the best shot at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Honourable Penn iterated that vaccination is important and is only one of many tools to fight COVID and rebound from the pandemic. Adding, vaccination takes us a step closer to being able to live and work with COVID.
Honourable Penn urged residents in the Territory to do their part to protect themselves and others by getting the vaccine and ensure the second dose is taken on schedule.
“Doing so will help save lives and get us closer to the herd immunity needed to stop the spread of COVID-19,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) received his first dose of the AstraZeneca jab on February 24, 2021.
According to a press release from the Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) on April 22, 2021, getting both doses of the vaccine maximises one’s ability to receive full immunity from the vaccine and that receiving only one dose does not afford a person with the full protection and does not give the full effectiveness of the vaccine.