KPB calls mass vaccine rollout a potential COVID-19 super-spreader event

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KPB calls mass vaccine rollout a potential COVID-19 super-spreader event

Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has slammed government for its mass vaccination rollout today.

She said the chaos and confusion seen today as thousands rush for vaccines is yet another reminder of a failed Government led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

“What we are witnessing is the mother of all ironies, where during a State of Emergency to control and curb Covid -19 we have a super spreader situation happening with public vaccination,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar said “It is nothing short of a nightmare and alarming as our nation is already grappling with a high death and infection rate.
This is similar to when the Prime Minister irresponsibly invited thousands to vacation in Tobago during the Easter holidays.”

She said “From day one the United National Congress has been saying that the Rowley Government has no plan for this pandemic and the nation at large. The vaccine appointment system was overburdened and a failure and now this foolish idea of having a walk-in free for all has proven to be a flop.”

She added “The Opposition has repeatedly called on the Government to partner with all stakeholders in this Covid-19 fight in order to come to a comprehensive plan to no avail.
Trinidad and Tobago is under siege, the population is fed up, frustrated and suffering and the massive turnout for vaccines sends the message that the people are ready and willing to be inoculated to return to some form of normalcy. ”

Persad-Bissessar said “A Commission of Inquiry into Government’s management of the pandemic will also need to examine today’s travesty. If I were Prime Minister today a pandemic plan would have already been implemented.
That plan would ensure that vaccines were sourced very early to prevent the death of hundreds and ensure the swift reopening of the economy.”

She said her plan would see :
– a mass vaccination drive so that herd immunity can be achieved without putting citizens
at risk :
– partnership with private hospitals and doctors to have vaccines available at their facilities
– partnership with religious bodies with medical staff deployed at large churches,
mosques and temples to aid in vaccination
– partnership with NGOs such as Living Waters and other entities to reach the immigrant
– partnership with Corporate T&T
– partnership with the Opposition and Local Government bodies to have a vaccination roll
out in all 41 constituencies
– partnership with sporting bodies to volunteer and have to drive-through vaccination at our stadia
– partnership with denominational school boards to utilise their schools to have teachers
and principals inoculated.

She is now urging government to put their arrogance aside and take these recommendations on board if they are truly serious about saving the lives and livelihoods of our citizens.