Dominicans encouraged to participate in survey on COVID-19 vaccination

Dominican residents have until Tuesday next week to make known their views on COVID-19 vaccination in a survey which has been mounted by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA).

The survey was launched on August 10th, 2021 and will continue until August 24th 2021.

Executive Director of the DAIC, Lizra Fabian told Dominica News Online (DNO) in an interview that the purpose of the exercise is to help identify the areas in which people lack information about the vaccine and to educate them in the process.

 “Persons, who have been vaccinated can share the type of vaccine taken, side effects felt after being vaccinated, as well as effects they may be currently experiencing.  The Ministry of health (MOA) is also integral in this so they would be able to understand what the lingering impacts are,” Fabien said.

Participants who have not taken the vaccine are able to share their reasons for not being vaccinated. They are also invite to indicate whether there’s a need for more for more information or incentives for taking the vaccine.

Fabian encouraged everyone to actively participate because, as she states, it is important to capture the opinions of the general public which will help to inform the actions of The Ministry of Health.

The partners hope to get feedback from at least 500 persons.

“Many persons maybe be sharing their feedback with their friends and families but we do want to be able to capture the sentiment of persons who have been vaccinated and not vaccinated,” Fabien remarked.

The DAIC, DDA and DHTA remind all to continue to adhere to the protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 including the washing or sanitizing of hands, wearing of mask, and physical distancing. Additionally, they encourage all Dominicans to get tested to know their status.

 For more information on testing, call the COVID Hotline at 448-2151, 448-2153, 448-2156, 611-4325, and 1-800-219.

“All views matter!” the survey organizers assert and they invite all residents of Dominica who are willing participate in the survey to go to bit.ly/2VMgcvK.

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5 Comments

  1. Channel 1
    August 22, 2021

    Make sure you all include an area in the survey for those persons – who are vaccinated but still got infected with the virus – to share their views regarding the vaccines now.

  2. August 22, 2021

    For you, Dominicans, who are foolishly accepting negative reports against the vaccine for COVID-19, this is a thought for you. Read it below: I don’t like to send links, just in case people will bypass it.

    “NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A conservative talk radio host from Tennessee who had been a vaccine skeptic until he was hospitalized from COVID-19 has died. He was 61

    Valentine had been a skeptic of coronavirus vaccines. But after he tested positive for COVID-19, and prior to his hospitalization, he told his listeners to consider: “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?”

    If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he chose not to get vaccinated because he thought he probably wouldn’t die.

    After Valentine was moved into a critical care unit, Mark Valentine said his brother regretted that “he wasn’t a more vocal advocate of the vaccination.”

    • August 22, 2021

      Well, this Valentine Talk Show Host died with that regret did he not?

      People of Dominica, you are listening to too much negative advice against this destructive virus. I am sure that one of the most negative talks has to do with the side effects of the vaccine, but has any of you taken medicine for the first time and did not have a side effect?

      But no! The vaccine for Corvid-19 is not a medicine, but it is meant to fight against the virus that will call for medical treatment–that is why people die, because the treatment may not be strong enough to overcome the virus.

      But some of us will experience side effects when we take the vaccine–some mild, some more severe than mild, it depends on the strength of the immune system. I had no side effects after taking the vaccine.

      So stop with your thing about God will save you. He gave you a weapon to fight against the deadly virus of Corvid-19, it is a vaccination–just go ahead and take it!

      • We the People
        August 23, 2021

        Well, this Valentine Talk Show Host died with that regret did he not? – I suppose he told you that right?

        My dear we all know that not everyone will react the same way to the same medicine. That is elementary. So hooray you did not have any side effects (we trust you are being truthful). Who the heck are you try shoving it down other people’s throats? And this is more that side effects mam, it’s also about taking something that WILL NOT PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID!!

        By the way man, are you vaccinated against measles and the likes? Was it not to PREVENT, you from getting these?

  3. Ibo France
    August 22, 2021

    I can understand the reason(s) of such a survey. It may help the authorities to have a better idea on reasons for the hesitancy and skepticism among the unvaccinated. This would put the authorities in a better position to allay the fears and concerns of these skeptics. Noble cause.

    Equally needed is a countrywide survey on the severity of the impact the lockdowns and the protocols are having on people’s everyday life. This is ABSOLUTELY important.

    The current governing administration seems to take lightly or deliberately ignore the devastating effects the very stringent measures are having on the tens of thousands of resident Dominicans. It’s barbaric for the governing class to play deaf and dumb to the numerous calls for a financial package for the desperately indigent citizens.

    For Skerrit and the CABAL to continue to give the suffering majority the cold shoulders is criminal. Elections have consequences sometimes very grave ones.

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