MPs to encourage constituents to take jab

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Sir Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment

The Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment has made a direct appeal to constituents to take the COVID-19 vaccines when it becomes available.

Sir Molwyn Joseph was speaking from the Cabinet Room at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon, where he and his Cabinet colleagues, along with Speaker of the House of Representatives Sir Gerald Watt and his Deputy Londell Benjamin received their first doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine.

The vaccination programme went mobile on Thursday to facilitate the process, just over 24 hours after it was launched with healthcare workers receiving their shots.

During remarks, the health minister said the vaccine is shown to be effective in two key areas and added M.Ps will be required to encourage their constituents to be inoculated.

  While doubts linger about the efficacy of Astrazeneca, the health minister assured the vaccine has been approved by the relevant agencies and urged Antiguans and Barbudans to take it in the interest of their health and safety.

He noted that the Cabinet members stepping forward to be inoculated is testament to the confidence placed in the vaccine.

Cabinet Ministers will receive their second doses in the next 12 weeks. Meantime, the COVID vaccine will be administered to other parliamentarians in the upcoming days.