58 senior citizens receive COVID-19 vaccine at Vreed-en-Hoop site 

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Nurse Dawnette Payne administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Region Three residents Mr. Kaishudat Deowkslia and Bibi Nafeesa Shariff

Approximately 58 senior citizens in Region Three on Wednesday received their Covid-19 shots at the Vreed-en-Hoop vaccination site located in the compound of the West Demerara Hospital.

Many of them arrived early for the opportunity to be immunised against the deadly disease.

In an invited comment to DPI, 62-year-old, Mr. Mahendra Chand of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, said he took the vaccine because of the protection it offered against the disease. “I don’t want to be hospitalised and things like that, and I encourage other people to come as well,” he said.

Mr. Chand said although some members of his family remain sceptical about the vaccine, he has encouraged them not to let this opportunity pass them by.  “I heard it on the news this morning, on the radio, so I’m taking the opportunity,” he added. Elderly citizens awaiting their COVID-19 vaccine at the Vreed-en-Hoop Vaccine Site on WednesdayNurse Dawnette Payne administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Ms. Bibi Nafeesa Shariff of Orangestein E.B.E. at the Vreed-en-Hoop vaccination site on WednesdayNurse Dawnette Payne administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Region Three resident Mr. Kaishudat Deowkslia at the Vreed-en-Hoop vaccination site

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Another resident, Mr. Patrick Fraser, said he was taking the vaccine to safeguard his health.   “First and foremost, my health comes first. Now, it is better for you to be vaccinated and whatever is the side effects of the vaccine, you deal with that but if you are not vaccinated, then the possibility is that COVID can be the reality, and COVID is a very serious and a very dangerous thing,” he said.

Mr. Fraser is urging his fellow countrymen and women to protect themselves and families at all costs. “Each and every person should at least try as much as possible to protect themselves, protect their family, protect their friends, protect everyone they come into contact with and if we are vaccinated and free from the disease then we will be safe for our community,” he noted.

Mr. Kaishudat Deowkslia of Vreed-en-Hoop said a friend encouraged him to take the vaccine, and therefore, he is encouraging others to protect themselves as well. The vaccine site started operations at 8 am and suspended a bit late for lunch, due to overwhelming response from the public. When operations resumed for the afternoon session, a steady influx of persons continued and by 2 pm, staff had vaccinated their 58th elderly person.

The site opens from 8am to 4pm daily. The Government has to date received several donations of vaccines from the People and Governments of Barbados (3,000), China (20,000) and India (80,000). It is still awaiting its consignment of 104,000 doses through the COVAX mechanism and another 149,000 doses through a purchase agreement under the CARICOM-African Union pact. (DPI)



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