Published 19 March, 2021
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
Former Governor-General Dame Pearlette Louisy recently took the COVID-19 vaccine and is calling on St Lucians to do the same to protect themselves, their families and others.
Dame Pearlette Louisy spoke on her personal decision to take the COVID shot and the experience of doing so.
“It was a breeze. I mean, I have done this thing before. I have been vaccinated before — smallpox and think I was vaccinated for Malaria once when I travelled to Africa and it was nothing more than doing a blood work.
“It is just like going to the lab and you barely feel it,” she said.
According to her, at first, there was a bit of apprehension on her part.
“But with time and with getting myself educated, reading about it, weighing the pros and the cons and saying if I have trusted doctors for the past 70 years, I think I can trust them still,” she added.
She continued: “I know there is quite a bit of vaccine hesitancy abroad fueled by the most part what people read particularly on social media, contradictions even among health professionals so people are questioning. As I have said before, you trust the doctors with the medications he gives you and don’t ask why it is good for your body and the vaccine is no different from your diabetes medicine, your cholesterol medicine or your hypertensive medicine.
“For quite a few people, I think it is just being afraid of the needle, it is really needle phobia and not really what is going to do to your body, so I will encourage people to take it.”
The Ministry of Health encourages individuals to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online platform at hmi.govt.lc or at your nearest Community Wellness Centre.