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Wednesday, Aug 04, 2021

Premier Fahie calls for mutual respect between anti-vaxxers & pro-vaxxers

Premier Fahie calls for mutual respect between anti-vaxxers & pro-vaxxers

Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called for mutual respect between those who take the COVID-19 vaccine and those who don’t, in a bid to preserve relationships in the territory.

The Premier made the call during the Thursday, May 13, 2021, Ninth Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, shortly after a presentation from the Minister of Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) on the local vaccination progress.

Persons have right to vaccinate or not - Premier


“Mr Speaker is it very simple… educate, then don’t procrastinate [and] vaccinate and respect those who do not want to vaccinate, that’s your democratic right and you should make sure you exercise your democratic right.”

“But at the same time though, you must respect those who are using their democratic right to push for vaccination and let’s not fall out over this,” he said.

According to the Leader of Government business, too many relations in the VI have been damaged over the vaccine on whether to take it or not.

“If you don’t want to take it don’t take it… and if you [are] taking it, take it. If you don’t want persons taking it.. defend yourself in a respectful way,” he said.

According to the Leader of Government Business, too many relationships in the VI have been damaged over the vaccine, on whether to take it or not.


Vaccine dividing families & territory?


According to the Premier, the contention over the vaccine has been breaking up homes, families and the country.

Hon Fahie said; however, the administration will continue to encourage vaccinations. “As the government, as Premier, I think it’s the most credible option that we do have to save lives and to strengthen and save our economy,” he said.

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, 11,036 persons had received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine while 3,765 had received their second dose, the Health Minister revealed.

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