Making the announcement last evening, July 9, Premier Fahie said that his mother's life was saved due to her being fully vaccinated.
“My mother, who is in her 80’s, one of our Golden Citizens, had to be taken to the hospital where she tested positive for COVID-19. The doctors were able to explain to our family that due to her being fully vaccinated, significantly contributed to saving her life. Thank God she is now safely recuperating,” he stated.
The Premier said the encounter was indeed very scary and traumatizing.
“I would not wish anyone else to go through that experience,” the Premier shared.
He said this is why he is stating that yes it is possible for one to contract COVID-19 while being fully vaccinated.
“But the reality is, the vaccine allows the body to fight the virus with a high level of success. So, that is why I come to you with my personal experience strongly recommending that you get vaccinated. Get your first dose, get your second dose,” he stated.
The Premier urged persons to get vaccinated for yourself, family, children, the elderly and your loved ones.
“Do it for the present and future of these Virgin Islands. Do it for your economy so that we can continue to work together balancing lives and livelihoods,” he said.
Premier Fahie said he wants residents to know that vaccination remains voluntary, but following health protocols is a must.
“We continue to hear persons arguing about vaccines, even as the infections come closer to home and the deaths increase. There are debates about persons rights. May I reiterate that vaccination remains voluntary and it remains a personal decision. We must respect each other’s choice and their rights,” he emphasized.
However, he said whether someone has taken the vaccine or not, they have a personal responsibility.
“That responsibility is to be cautious and responsible in your interactions at home and in public. Your responsibility is to follow the public health protocols,” Premier Fahie pressed.