President Paula-Mae Weekes is not taking any chances whatsoever with Covid-19 and has taken steps to ensure that only vaccinated staff stay close.
According to a Newsday report, Weekes, who is 62-year-old, has instructed unvaccinated members of her security detail to avoid being close to her or 92-year-old mother Phyllis Weekes.
Communications adviser to the President, Cheryl Lala, confirmed in the report: “In respect of two categories of workers on the compound who come into close contact with Her Excellency and her mother, Her Excellency has asked that if unvaccinated, they be rotated back to general service and be replaced with individuals who have been vaccinated.”
Those who must be in close proximity to the 62-year-old Weekes and her mother need to have had at least one shot of any vaccine approved for use in this country.
Lala added, “Please also note that there are some members of both categories who have had Covid19 and are not yet eligible for vaccination, and there has been no request to have them transferred out.”
However, Lala noted that arrangements are being made for those members of staff who want to be vaccinated.
The President and her mother are fully vaccination, having both received their first dose of a covid19 vaccine at the Diego Martin Health Centre on April 6th, then their second on June 7th.