Prime Minister Mia Mottley took her third COVID-19 booster shot today declaring she is prepared to “walk the walk”.
And after the shot was administered at her official residence at Ilaro Court she urged Barbadians to continue to keep up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and to take better care of themselves and practice healthy habits.
The Prime Minister’s comments came shortly after getting her blood pressure taken and the booster shot administered this afternoon as part of a collaborative effort between the University of the West Indies and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Head of Isolation Facilities and Infection Control Specialist, the Most Honourable Dr Corey Forde also received his third booster shot.
“As you can see, I’ve arranged to have a booster today too and why? We’re not asking anybody to do anything that I am not prepared to do or Dr Forde is not prepared to do and in these things we think we should walk the walk and not just talk the talk,” Mottley maintained.
“COVID is going to be with us. it is effectively endemic and the biggest tragedy is regrettably globally millions of vaccines will go to waste between now and the end of the year and they will be of no use even if we wanted them to be next year probably because like the flu virus it’s going to mutate and mutate and that’s why the vaccines every year have to be changed. So we are really urging those who can and who need to, come forward…Once you reach five, five and a half six months, those are the ones where I see people say they have COVID because obviously their immunity is waning.
“I really would like you Bajans to take your measurements; one, your blood pressure because a stitch in time is worth nine and prevention is better than cure and secondly, as it relates to the vaccines if you haven’t get vaccinated and if you have get boosted if you need to get boosted. We can manage these things as we go forward if everybody or as many people do what they must do to take care of themselves,” the Prime Minister added.
Mottley said there were still doses of Pfizer on the island and she maintained that Government would continue to have access to vaccines. (RB)