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More Would Vaccinate If COVID Deaths Were Higher Here

More Would Vaccinate If COVID Deaths Were Higher Here

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews says the vaccine ‘jab’ was quick, virtually painless, and has provided for him a sense of protection and confidence moving forward.
The Commissioner sat next to Head of Customs Mr. Wade Smith downstairs of the Police Headquarters as they both received the first of two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, February 18.

Outside headquarters was a line of other officers from the law enforcement sector waiting to receive the vaccine.

“I happily took the vaccine this morning. We are on the frontline and just as we put on our protective vests and gear before dealing with potentially deadly situations, we must also readily put on our immunization arsenal. It is that simple. The COVID outbreaks in the Force place several shifts out of commission.

We were scrambling to maintain sufficient coverage during those days. While it is absolutely optional, I am happy there is an option for keeping continuity of service," the Commissioner stated.

He explained that for the wider community, there is reluctance by many to take the vaccine.

"Truth is if the COVID deaths were higher here, we would see a lot more coming forward for vaccinations. Government worked tremendously to keep the community safe, but the price is we essentially are isolated from the experiences of the world. Those I found in the line this morning were family members of individuals overseas who either died or almost died from the virus," the Commissioner explained.

He said make no mistake, the virus is not selective.

"In the absence of any alternatives for keeping us safe and restoring our economies, I am happy there is an option,” the Commissioner said.

Vaccinations are also being delivered today at Police Headquarters strictly for law enforcement officers.
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