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Written by Latricka Thomas
Frontline staff have told the Observer that they are in no hurry to get a booster dose of the Covid virus, following Cabinet instructions that they should do so immediately.
Shortly after its meeting via the Round Robin system, the Cabinet announced on December 31 that “all frontline workers are required to act to receive the booster vaccines immediately.”
In a round robin, each body member is given a chance to speak once before anyone can speak a second time, usually by calling the members around the table in turns.
However, the staff does not seem to welcome the news with open arms.
One nurse told Observer, “I’ve already got two shots even though I didn’t really want to, so they can’t force me to get a third one.”
“When will this end? Will they keep forcing us to get more and more vaccinations?” stated a police officer.
Similarly, another healthcare worker has questioned whether the government is seeking to make booster doses mandatory.
“I will get the reinforcement on my own time. What do they mean right away? Is it mandatory? Is there a penalty? They kept imposing this on us.”
The observer asked for clarification on whether or not a boost was mandatory, and according to the Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lionel Hurst, it was simply a “requirement” to prevent people from getting sick. He explained that while there are consequences for states failure to comply, “the behavior required does not result in a certain level of punishment.”
One parameter explained that she was reluctant to get the booster because of the reaction she got when she got the AstraZeneca dose.
“I got the vaccine but I don’t know anything about the booster. I got sick when I got my shots. I don’t like that feeling and I don’t like not knowing what’s going on,” she said.
She explained that she suffers from so much body aches and migraines that she has been unable to leave her bed for two days.
The government statement also stated that “men and women with underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to infectious diseases are also encouraged to take a booster dose immediately.”
Enhanced Covid-19 footage is currently being given at the Villa Polyclinic and Multipurpose Center in Berry Bay from 9am to 5pm.
Yesterday, the CDC updated its recommendation for when people can receive a booster dose, shortening the interval from six months to five months for those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech injection.
This means that people can now receive a booster dose of mRNA five months after completing the initial Pfizer-BioNTech series.
The booster interval recommendation for people who received the J&J vaccine (two months) or the Moderna vaccine (six months), did not change.
Additionally, in line with their previous recommendations for adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children 5-11 years of age who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive an additional initial dose 28 days after the second shot.
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is licensed and recommended for children aged 5-11 years.
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