According to Commissioner Matthews, the vaccine ‘jab’ was quick, virtually painless and has provided for him a sense of protection and confidence moving forward.
“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 immunisation 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,” Mr Matthews stated in a press release on February 18, 2021.
Outside headquarters was a line of other officers from the law enforcement sector waiting to receive the vaccine.
“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,” Mr Matthews said.
The CoP emphasised that the Virgin Islands community should “make no mistake - this 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.”
Vaccinations will also be delivered today at Police Headquarters strictly for law enforcement officers.
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