The Tobago House of Assembly is set to embark on an initiative to inform and educate the population “on the truths and facts about the vaccines that are available.”
Chief Secretary of the Assembly, Ancil Dennis made the announcement while appealing to Tobagonians to take the Covid19 vaccine.
He was at the time addressing the post-executive council media briefing at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex, Scarborough, on Wednesday.
Tobago has seen a rise rise in deaths and cases recently and Dennis argued that the vaccines that are currently available to citizens – Sinopharm and Oxford Astra-Zeneca – will at least ensure citizens are able to live with the virus.
To date, Tobago has 13 Covid19-related deaths, six new cases and 161 active cases.
Dennis, who got his first shot of the Sinopharm vaccine last week, said “I want to encourage all persons, especially those that are particularly vulnerable as a result of comorbidities or NCDs (non-communicable diseases), those who are obese and those who may be at risk for whatever reason, to please sign up and get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said.
“Sign up and get in line to be vaccinated.
“It is the only way for us to be able to live with this virus as we have been able to live with other diseases previously, through the same method of vaccinating the population,” he said.
Dennis said the THA will embark on an initiative to inform and educate the population “on the truths and facts about the vaccines that are available.”
He said the aim is to ensure that Tobago has herd immunity so that it can resume some level of normality.
With a population of only 60,000, Dennis said: “Every single death is going to cause tremendous pain and tremendous hardship not only to families but to residents generally on the island.”
He urged people to be responsible.