With the climbing death toll and infections because of COVID-19, Deputy Governor David Archer Jr. is pushing for higher vaccination rates in the civil service.
The Deputy Governor made the special appeal through a live broadcast last night, Tuesday, July 20.
“I make a special, special, special plea to the 2,600 public officers; our vaccination numbers are too low, they are too low. We have already lost three employees, and you all know that we have been significantly impacted daily by persons who tested positive or has been in contact with someone who has,” he said.
He continued: “While we have made a strong commitment to serving our clients and our services continue, any day now, this could be altered. Please, please, give the public service the best chance by becoming vaccinated.”
He also highlighted that the vaccination numbers are also small within the law enforcement agencies in the territory.
“At this time, I also make an urgent, urgent plea to our law enforcement agencies. Your vaccination rates are also too low. You are our defence, and we trust you, but unless you are protected, you cannot protect yourself, and you cannot protect us. I offer my time and my energy to work with you and converse with you so that our law enforcement agencies can be better protected.”
The Deputy Governor pointed out that he is fully vaccinated and is 100 per cent convinced that the vaccine is the best hope in the territory to reduce the impact of future stories about COVID-19 that “I would have to tell my grand-children.”
As of July 18, there were 1,604 active cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths.