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Over third of target population inoculated in St Kitts and Nevis, says PM Harris

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, during a vaccination session at Sylvia Garnette Health Centre in Tabernacle said that more than a third portion of the target population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, during a vaccination session at Sylvia Garnette Health Centre in Tabernacle said that more than a third portion of the target population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“For me, today was another successful day of a vaccination session held at the Sylvia Garnette Primary Health Care Facility in Tabernacle,” said Prime Minister Harris. “We had 18 people to be vaccinated, and I want to congratulate everyone on coming out and making it a success.”

According to Dr Harris, the people who were apparently vaccinated did so to protect themselves, their families, the community of Tabernacle, “and especially to put their country on a firmer path to recovery and the delivery of the stronger and safer future. So we are doing well. Everyone who comes up takes us closer to the goal of herd immunity every day.”

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Within a relatively short time, St Kitts and Nevis has vaccinated more than a third of the target population. In his conclusion, he said, “Therefore, I would like to congratulate the inhabitants of the Tabernacle for giving it the seriousness it deserves – may God continue to bless them.”

The vaccination, which was held in the Sylvia Garnette Primary Health Care Facility, was facilitated by Nurse Norine Gabriel, who was assisted by Nursing Assistant Marlene Huggins-Stevens.

Upon arrival at the health centre, each person completed a form that Huggins-Stevens Nursing Assistant had given them. They then proceed to the room where nurse Gabriel was available, and after sitting comfortably, she would ask them, “With what hand do you write?” Everyone answers ‘right’, and she asks them, ‘Roll up your left sleeve.’

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After the vaccination, they arrived at the waiting area where Huggins-Stevens’ nursing assistant would ask them to sit for at least 15 minutes, after which she was given a certificate with their information and the date on which they had to return for the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Prime Minister Harris, who is also the parliamentary representative of the St. Christopher Seven (Bellevue to Ottley’s) and who attended the entire session, personally congratulated all who were vaccinated and also the health workers who took their time to facilitate the vaccination session.

The doctor was also present, Dr Dail Crawford, whose son, Dail Crawford Jr., was one of those vaccinated. A number of people who come for the vaccination were accompanied by family members or friends who would have already been vaccinated.

A tabernacle-based contractor and carpenter, Junior Finch, who is a godson of Prime Minister Harris, was one of the first to be vaccinated. He explained that keeping Covid-19 at bay would not only be good for his business but that it would be suitable for all the inhabitants of the Tabernacle as they would protect each other—especially children under eighteen who were not at this vaccine deployed.

Sylvester Allen of Lodge Village, a passenger bus operator between Basseterre and Molineux, was the second last to be interviewed. He thanked Prime Minister Harris for putting the people’s health first by ensuring that the country receives at least 70 percent of the targeted population of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“I have to set an example by vaccinating,” Allen said. “I can not worry passengers if they are vaccinated while I am not. I have been vaccinated to protect my clients, and I would urge them to follow their example to protect not only my manager, but their loved ones and the entire population in general. I have encouraged people to be vaccinated and will now continue to do so with great confidence because you can not tell people to do what you did not do yourself. Thank you PM Timothy Harris.”

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