Government legislator Shereen Flax has indicated that a current “health issue” has so far prevented her from taking the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19.
Flax-Charles — who has been one of government’s advocates of vaccination — gave that indication on the Virgin Islands
Party’s (VIP) Let’s Talk radio show Tuesday night when asked to publicly declare whether she has taken the jab.
In response, the first-term legislator said she tried to take the vaccine
on three occasions but said “it was not possible”.
“I don’t want anybody to think that I have a crazy, serious health issue. It’s not that,” Flax-Charles said, adding that she will not be bullied into taking the jab until she medically cleared to do so.
“It is a private decision of anyone. But I will also say that there are issues surrounding the fact why I have not been able to take the vaccine
yet. I intend to take it. However, I will not allow anyone or anybody to force me to do so until it is clear that the repercussions will be in my favour health-wise,” the VIP legislator said.
She added: “You must appreciate the fact that there are some persons that may not be able to take it on the advice of their health provider. So what I would say to persons; if you are sceptical, check it out.”
The government has promised to relax some of its COVID
-19 restrictions when more of the population vaccinates.