Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein called on all citizens of rural communities to get vaccinated once they are eligible.
Hosein praised parents and guardians at L’Anse Noire community center in Sangre Grande on Wednesday for putting the lives of their children first as students in Sangre Grande and surrounding areas received their first Pfizer vaccine.
“I am the parent of two daughters and since the start of this pandemic, I have been worried about their safety. Once I heard that there was a vaccine available that was safe for administration, I encouraged them to get the vaccine.
“I am pleased that the government, through the Department of Health, has embarked on this campaign to ensure that our future generations are protected against the coronavirus and the emerging deadly strains like the Delta variant. I beg parents to vaccinating their children as this is the only hope to protect them from this cruel virus “
Hosein has joined Valence Est / Toco adviser Martin Terry Rondon in training. Rondon said even the torrential rains hadn’t delayed people getting out earlier.
“There was a continuous flow of parents taking their children to the community center for immunizations. I congratulate the parents for making the right choice and for bringing their children to be vaccinated. We will continue to educate regions about this initiative and use PTSC buses to transport interested residents and their children to and from designated vaccination sites. “
Hosein urged everyone aged 18 and over to access WHO-approved AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines.
“For people vaccinated like me, we must remain vigilant. We cannot forget the public health guidelines. We should always follow the 3Ws – wear our mask, wash our hands and watch our distance. This is the only way to beat this covid19 virus.
The statement said parents and guardians at the center expressed relief that their children were able to receive the Pfizer vaccine as it gave them a better chance of fighting the virus.