Dominicans urged to get vaccinated

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, has made a strong appeal to the Dominican public to get vaccinated in order to slow down or stop any transmission of Covid-19.

Speaking during the first edition of Prime Minister Skerrit’s Sunday talk show for 2021, Dr. Etienne revealed that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available in the region. However, she said there is a level of reluctance and concern among citizens about taking the vaccine.

“Take the vaccine by all means. I am waiting for mine…there are several reasons for taking the vaccine, with the emergence of mutations, because that is one of the things that happens to viruses if there’s a magnitude and level of transmission, it is easy for the viruses to mutate,” she explained.

The PAH Director pointed out that with the mutations as has been seen with the United Kingdom variant, the virus  “may well acquire the ability to be transmitted much easier or to cause more serious disease” and urged people to take the vaccine to “prevent ourselves from being infected and possible death.”

Dr. Etienne cautioned people who think that they are fine because they are not old or they do not have underlying conditions that “more and more young people are becoming infected.”

She encouraged governments and other community organizations to continue to educate community members to fight vaccine hesitancy and the wrong impressions that people have about the vaccine.

According to the PAHO official, although PAHO said some vaccine will be available in March 2021, “we probably can see that advance and receive some vaccines earlier…but a note of caution, you are not going to receive the full number or quantity of vaccines.”

Meantime, Dominica-born, United States-based medical doctor, Dale Dangleben who spoke recently on Q-95 is also encouraging the general public to be vaccinated.

Dr. Dangleben has already received his Covid-19 vaccine.

He believes that vaccination is one of the greatest inventions in medicine.

 “I think at this stage the risk of not getting vaccinated is greater than getting vaccinated,” he stated. “There are a lot of conspiracy theories…”

Dr. Dangleben encouraged people to understand the science and stop saying, “people want to destroy us.”

“That is nonsense, we are setting ourselves back,” he argued maintaining that the vaccine will enable people to fight the virus.

“What we have to do is understand our history and be careful how you move forward,” Dr. Dangleben advised.  “I am saying this is the way forward for us.”

Prime Minister Skerrit has given his word that he will take the vaccine whenever it is made available and urges all citizens to do the same.

“I, Roosevelt Skerrit, will certainly take the vaccine and I would urge every citizen to do likewise,” he stated. “It will be a voluntary offering and the intention of the government is to ensure that it can make vaccines available to all our citizens and residents.”

The Prime Minister added, “It is important for us to take it and I will be certainly first in line if the government allows me.”

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43 Comments

  1. EXSLAVE
    January 22, 2021

    Amalek soldiers waging war on Jacob
    wake up the new world order agenda 21
    the romans pope edom silent war

  2. Gary
    January 21, 2021

    @ Dr Clayton Shillingford, lol, Is this what you are using to make your decision to get vaccinated, so sad.

  3. Man bites dogs
    January 21, 2021

    Hello DNO Mr Francisco, made a request on the 20/1/21 that your site wasn’t was not “in my own words” working properly today 21/1/21 it’s not fixed what is going on please explain thank you!!!

    ADMIN: He reported he was unable to respond to comments we have since corrected this issue.

  4. Gary
    January 21, 2021

    @ Roger Burnett. I am glad you brought the reference of thalidomide when it was introduced in The UK. Do you know the children who were born with deformity they are adults today and still fighting for compensation from the Government, they found documents that the Government and The drugmaker knew of the dangers, but they went ahead saying the drug is safe. After the 911 bombing the first responders who at the site cleaning up were told by an official of that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the air is safe do not worry, fast-forward 15yrs latter they were all dying and died from cancers. If look through history and court cases you see the trail of lies and deception perpetrated on the masses.

    The Pharmaceutical industry is the most corrupt Institution on the planet, their web of deceit has taken on other partners, The Medical institution and even Governments.

  5. UKDominican
    January 21, 2021

    I’m having my vaccination next week tuesday, all planned and organised by my local surgery, who coordinate this programme with the National Health Service. Availability of slots, every 10 minutes, all arranged and confirmed by mobile text message and I will be advised about second Follow-up shot automatically. Do not know which vaccine it will be, but one of three, either American or British but definitely not Chinese. This is a reason to celebrate. I count myself lucky and I’m looking forward to it.

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      “Do not know which vaccine it will be, but one of three, either American or British but definitely not Chinese.” such statement
      just shows how you are caught up in the game of deception as to what is the best poison to take.

  6. Shem
    January 20, 2021

    Btw even if I take de vaccine I still wearing my mask..too much pollution papa in my face wearing mask should b continued.. mouth smelly. Spit flying while people talking alas…in my workplace I need a mask at all times. Covid or not

  7. Bwa-Banday
    January 20, 2021

    LOL everyone wants to know or pretends not to know the origin or which vaccine we will be getting in Dca. So, let me tell you all:

    “ITS THE CHINA VACCINE BY SINOVAC. Yes, it’s the CHINESE vaccine with about 50% effectiveness (NOT the average 94% the US vaccines have).”

    Now, STOP asking and just make a decision on whether you taking it or not. This vaccine is not allowed in the US or the UK and its alleged that Brazil just STOPPED its people from taking it. Now you decide if you taking it or not because I suspect if Skerro go TV and show that he taking the vaccine it will not be the one from China even if it in a Chinese packaging. Mister full of tricks but life goes on. But overall, if you have the opportunity to take the US or British vaccines please take it.

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      Why such foolishness, with the opening statement of your comment. Do you really think that what it comes down to is which is the best vaccine to take, wow, so long.

  8. Love DA
    January 20, 2021

    If something goes wrong after taking the vaccine who can I hold responsible?

    • Independent thinker
      January 21, 2021

      Good question. The vaccine manufactures are not liable, they are protected by law and you can’t sue them. The government is also not liable. In other words, nobody can be hold responsible. That should say enough.

  9. Gary
    January 20, 2021

    @ Concerned Kalinago. If a thing is known to have questionable health effects that can cause death, why should you be of concern about the origin, wow, your concern should be about the thing itself, get all the information you can about that thing. The more information you get, the better you can be informed to make a decision. You do not make a decision based on what is told to you by some expert with a designated name of Director or Dr. The highest dwells within you, that is where you go to and seek counsel.

  10. Gary
    January 20, 2021

    @ Ibo France. The people of the Country you care for are facing
    a serious millstone as it regards a decision for the future of their health, and you think it is funny with such sarcasm. Here is something you need to know https://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/news/20000314/viagra-linked-to-522-deaths.

  11. Toto
    January 20, 2021

    The PM too much of a smart Alec. The government is himself, if he says jump they jump, if he says sing they must sing and if ge says shut up they must be quiet. So what is he taking about he must get government permission for a vaccination. You are so transparent man.

  12. botowa
    January 20, 2021

    If Dominicans take this Killer Gates vaccine, in 20 years, mark my words…we will see how many MEN and WOMEN barren and cant produce childrem…Killer gates would have succeeded in his plan to ”reduced the worlds population through vaccines by 10 to 15 percent” – his own words quoted. Beware blackman/woman

  13. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    January 20, 2021

    There is still a lot of ignorance floating around about the efficacy and safety of the Covid 19 vaccines Below is information quoted from Baptist Hospital in S Florida I am going to take it as soon as it is available..I would encourage others to do the same There is no other way to get beyond this pandemic

    Clayton Shillingford

    Unlike traditional vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines –– also called mRNA vaccines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein –– or even just a piece of a protein –– that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us if the real virus enters our bodies.

    Side effects are a normal sign that your body is building protection. Some people may experience more symptoms with the COVID-19 vaccine compared to other vaccinations, such as the flu shot. The most common…

  14. click here
    January 20, 2021

    Pushing the agenda aren’t we? I thought you ran thingsi n Dominica Mr. PM. What do you mean IF the government allows you to? What kind of fools do you think we are? We know that this “vaccine” does nothing of what a vaccine is supposed to do. It doesnt cure or stop the spread of the disease. So why would i voluntarily allow you people to inject me with something that doesnt do what it is supposed to do? What vaccine will we get? who are the makers and what are the active ingredients? What are the side effects if any? what is the rate of recovery? what are the statistics on what you mr skerrit are trying to have alll of the people you govern injected with? also we also know about the tricks done on tv with the “demonstrations” caps still on needles, retractable needles, syringes filled with water. Not me you fooling? what about the nurse in the US that collapsed directly after taking it? Or the reports of people getting bells palsy? No Sir. you are highly irresponsible.

  15. Concerned Kalinago
    January 20, 2021

    Well first of all, I would want to know the origin of the vaccine, where it came from? I think there is more that people need to know, I am not going to take it if I do not know anything about it. The side effects, who is going to be given priority, will it be children first or adults. Already in Dominica priority is given to certain people.
    How does it protect me from the virus, seeing that I am still going to get the virus, even if I do take the vaccine.

  16. Iyou
    January 20, 2021

    It has now become very difficult to say publicly what one thinks..it can bring much danger to ones self..

    All one can say is..
    Each one has an intellect..use it. observe and discern the time and the nature of the time. the rulers are no longer hiding anything. their intentions is as clear as day and night…

  17. Truth Be Told
    January 20, 2021

    The China vaccine or the Russian vaccine both of which is just barely 50% efficacy to get them over the approval line but with minimal effect on the virus! What’s the use?

  18. January 20, 2021

    We all should know that it is the China vaccine that is 54% effective and is only being used in China. Because of the selfishness of the other richest nations not to distribute the other vaccines to the African countries and the Caribbean, then there will be no other choice but to promote the China vaccine and that is why the coward and corrupt PM of Dominica wants to promote the vaccine by saying he’ll be first in line to get it.

  19. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 20, 2021

    So, admin something is wrong with the site!

    It appears that when one try to reply to a persons submission, it malfunctions, and registers as a new submission and goes to the very top!

    ADMIN: Thank you for letting us know.

  20. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 20, 2021

    An ignorant person is Carissa I don’t don’t believe she is the author (originator) of the garbage she submits on DNO.
     I question her intelligence as a medical doctor, I know some first year medical students, and indeed nurse practitioners, and physicians assistance who could make a toy out of her in the field of medicine.
    That is why in Dominica so many people die from medical malpractice, performed by many of these quacks, and it goes unnoticed.
    There are three approved vaccines, and another to be released maybe by April, or prior to that!
    As of today January, 19th 2021;  four (400,000) hundred thousand Americans are dead, killed by the virus, which has mutated; she does not have the ability to discus such developments, all she can do is talk hogwash about how well Dominica government dealing with COVID-19.
     Meanwhile there are six (6) different mutated strains of the virus killing people if she is reading this, I wish she would challenge me on the subject, so that I can eat…

  21. Gary
    January 20, 2021

    When Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Étienne gives advice to the people of Dominica that they should get vaccinated it does not mean that she is a bad person or ignorant, of course she is intelligent. Dr. Carissa Étienne has a line to tow with the position she has been given, that’s all is. When you are put in a certain position of power and prestige and given a name Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) you play the role, the same can be said about Dr. Dangleben, the ego loves that spotlight.

    The health and well-being of Dominicans should be decided by each individual, not by Dr. Carissa Étienne. The greatest lie ever told is that vaccines are SAFE and EFFECTIVE, such a simple truth, based on just the two words.

  22. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 19, 2021

    “Carissa Etienne, has made a strong appeal to the Dominican public to get vaccinated in order to slow down or stop any transmission of Covid-19. ”

    She keep running her mouth off; beating her ridiculous rubber gums, advising people to take vaccine; however, she has not provided one single vile of the vaccine.

    We don’t know if there are resources available to buy  a single unite of the vaccine, and surely Roosevelt and Carissa are not going to get it for free!

    How can you suggest people get vaccinated with what you don’t know will ever be available?

    All of a sudden this ridiculous woman has plenty nonsense to talk if you Carissa are flattering Roosevelt to recommend you for another tenure; go and sit with him, in front of his fireplace:

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    Kiss up his behind with your falterings if you are that low; you are boring you do not make sense; to me you have a ghost  write who write these bits of crap and hand to you, which you do not read.
    You are…

  23. I Still Red
    January 19, 2021

    I still Red but but I must admit that I am very confused at this time. Here is my concern: I agree with Donald Trump that covid-19 was born in China. PM Skerrit is to me an agent of China and will do anything China demands of him. Dr. Etienne on tt other hand was given that position by PM Skerrit and she was on PM’s program. So does anyone expect her to be independent? Dr. Dangleben is in the US and I am not even sure he can practice in Dominica, thanks to PM, should things go wrong with us here. So sorry doc there is a gulf between you and us . DNO I still Red but I don’t take Skerrits advise because this is the same person that advised us in St. Joseph to call Lennox Linton and members of the opposition TRAITOR, when we see them in their car, at the grocery store, on the plane, in church or even at a funeral. Furthermore, it’s the same PM who advised us in Bellevue to boil hot water and throw it on the opposition if we see them on our steps. So you think I can take his vaccine

  24. My little take
    January 19, 2021

    Ok DNO here is my little take. We heard three leading voices advising us to take the vaccine.
    1. Dr. Dangleben: He said to take it and he himself has taken it. Dr. Dangleben you leave in the US where covid is killing a lot of people and you have a system you can trust. In Dominica we have the opposite. In fact during the last presidential debate President elect Biden was asked if he would take the vaccine if one became available. His response was, if the department of health says it is safe definitely. However if is Donald Trump that says to take it hell no!
    2. Dr. Etienne: “Take the vaccine I am waiting on mine”. Dr. Etienne was on Skerrits political program so she had to say what his master told her. Dr. Etienne how long do you have to wait to get yours? When you take yours let us know.
    3. Dr. Skerrit (fake doctor). So PM you will only take it IF your government tells you to take it? Why would the government tell you not to take it? Are you not the one man government?…

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      I will tell you this, the true and only leading voice you have is inside you, pay attention to it, not those outside leading voices who all have agendas and roles to play.

  25. Roger Burnett
    January 19, 2021

    Given the worldwide questioning of the safety and effectiveness of the various rapidly approved Covid-19 vaccines I can well understand why many Dominicans are skeptical.

    A dear friend of mine was born a thalidomide baby as a result of a drug that was considered safe and recommended for pregnant women when introduced in 1957. Although experts tell us that there can be no comparison between the thalidomide drug and the Covid-19 vaccines, only time will tell.

  26. Bwa-Banday
    January 19, 2021

    You know, sometimes I wonder about us Dcans and how we quick to give credit to a few that are non deserving while ignoring the deserving ones.

    Last week the Dominica Houston Association had a Global (saw 2000 people plus viewing on Facebook at one point early in the program) Covid 19 vaccine round table (with Dr. Dale Dangleben and Dr. Paula Abraham) and DNO is yet to say that or applaud this organization for starting the “vaccine” conversation. Before that, Skerrit or PAHO did not even care to discuss the “vaccine” because they were afraid to tell us that our vaccine was coming from China even if they had such discussion at a regional level.

    Even Q95 only started the “vaccine” conversation the Friday (daytime) before the Dca Houston Association because flyers and Ads were circulating on Facebook and other platforms. So, Skerrit and PAHO well late. Sadly it takes and organization outside to educate us and the Dcan media pretend like Skerrit took the lead. Just saying…

    ADMIN: We did not receive an invitation, nor were we aware at the time. Had we known in advance we would have attempted to cover in some way.

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      It is nice to wonder about your fellowmen, but you must not make you wonder a political game. We are at a junction right now in our country and political games is not what we need. The information needed to understand what Dominicans are asked to accept is not found on the Dominica Houston Association Facebook so-called round table with Dr. Dale Dangleben and Dr. Paula Abraham.

  27. Ibo France
    January 19, 2021

    Many people are expressing skepticism about the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine.

    I want you to know that it was Pfizer who came up with Viagra. If they can raise the dead they can save the living.

  28. Man bites dogs
    January 19, 2021

    All of you guys stupid enough to think the vaccine is bad for black people good luck to all, but when you all backsides beginning to drop off don’t blame our prime minister Skerrit!!

  29. Fact Check
    January 19, 2021

    The same people who said it was impossible for a vaccine to be available by the end of 2020 are the same people now saying that you should get the vaccine by any means. smfh

  30. Iamanidiot
    January 19, 2021

    “If the government allows me” :-D :-D :-D lol
    Thanks for the laugh

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      Laughter is good for the soul and the body, it is something we should do every day, especially in the times we live in. Yes, you free to laugh.

  31. Pipo
    January 19, 2021

    I support dr. Clarissa Etienne and Dr, Dangleben but before taking the vaccine I would like to know, which vaccine they intend to us on me and not for the government to say it is none of my business and just to be grateful. Especially if it is suspected that the virus came from China as I have my doubts about a vaccine that comes from that country. Sorry, but if they could not control their laboratory in the first place to contain that virus, who says it better with their vaccine, especially since no one is allowed to question their government. Is not only me they have to convince but millions of other people in the world.

    • Gary
      January 21, 2021

      Lol, It is so sad reading your comment, be content with your belief.

  32. derp
    January 19, 2021

    The Prime Minister added, “It is important for us to take it and I will be certainly first in line if the government allows me.”

    LOL, since when the government stopping you

  33. Magway ca
    January 19, 2021

    So the shot does not give immunity.

    Does not eliminate the virus.

    Does not prevent death.

    Does not guarantee you won’t get it.

    Does not prevent you from getting it.

    Does not stop you passing it on.

    Does not eliminate the need for travel bans.

    Does not eliminate the need for business closures.

    Does not eliminate the need for lockdowns.

    Does not eliminate the need for masking.

    So what is it actually doing?…..Asking for a friend 🤔🤔🤔

  34. Magway ca
    January 19, 2021

    Vaccine Q & A on what is known so far

    If I get 💉 vaccinated:

    1.- Can I stop wearing the mask

    – No

    2.- Can they reopen restaurants etc and everyone work normally.

    – No

    3.- Will I be resistant to covid

    – Maybe, but we don’t know exactly, it probably won’t stop you getting it.

    4.- At least I won’t be contagious to others anymore.

    – No. You can still pass it on, possibly, nobody knows.

    5.- If we 💉 vaccinate all children, will school resume normally.

    – No

    6.-If I am 💉 vaccinated, can I stop social distancing.

    – No

    7.- If I am 💉 vaccinated, can I stop disinfecting my hands.

    – No

    8.- Will cinemas, theatres and stadiums, nightclubs be reopened thanks to 💉 vaccines

    – No

    9.- Will the 💉 vaccinated be able to gather

    – No

    10.- What is the real benefit of 💉 vaccination

    – The virus won’t kill you.

    11.- Are you sure it won’t kill me

    – No

    12.- If statistically the virus didn’t kill me anyway … Why would I get 💉…

  35. Bird Parker
    January 19, 2021

    TO Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne
    Could you please inform the Dominican public which of the approved vaccines they will receive.

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