Dominica to receive COVID-19 vaccine by end of March 2021, PM Skerrit says

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his government is confident that the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to Dominica by the end of March this year.

He made the announcement following a virtual CARICOM Heads of Government meeting which took place on Tuesday.

According to Skerrit, his government has been working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to source vaccines for Dominica.

 “We are confident that we will be able to get the vaccine based on the schedule that has been advised by PAHO, from the end of March 2021,” he said.

He said the other issue discussed regarding access to the vaccine is educating the population about the need to be vaccinated, “because we recognize that there are a lot of discussions on vaccines and not taking them and who should take them, why we should not take them and why we should take them.”

Prime Minister Skerrit mentioned that the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has agreed to develop some public education programmes to educate the population on the benefits of the vaccine, “because that is important.”

“The reality is, every week that passes by, different countries are now requiring for our citizens to have a negative PCR to come to their countries,” he stated. “Very soon when these bigger countries would have recognized that their citizens would be largely vaccinated then they are going to demand that you get vaccinated to come to their countries….”

He said he hopes that citizens in Dominica can recognize the importance of the vaccine.

According to the prime minister, the economic situation confronting the Caribbean was also discussed at the CARICOM Heads meeting.

“There is a huge financing gap of about 4 billion US dollars among CARICOM nations; this is a significant gap and we have been talking about the mobilization of resources to help countries fill that gap,” he remarked.

He said the mobilization of resources will continue to be a need as it is not known how long the virus situation will continue with lockdowns and restrictions.

“There are also some structural adjustments we ourselves as governments will have to make as well, because you are going to see an increase in debt, even if you don’t borrow, you will still see an increase in debt,” the Prime Minister added.

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  1. click here
    January 20, 2021

    when Skerrit and his family taking it is water they with use. not no “vaccine” Dont let those people fool you. I can put anything in a needle and call it what i want. All the Dr. who will mostl ikely be a supporter and friend of his will be in on it too. He will make the CMO do it for the press conference. big show. lights camera…(dont forget the smoke and mirrors)..action!

  2. click here
    January 20, 2021

    He pwaysay!! what is his scene really? why force something on your people that hasnt been thoroughly tested? We have no deaths, all cases have recovered. It has been reported by top medical personnel that the vaccine doesnt stop the spread or cure the virus. People will still have to wear masks, social distance, sanitize hands etc after taking it. So why the big rush to put this on us? something is wrong here is i can still spread the virus after taking a vaccine.

  3. Mark White
    January 18, 2021

    Dominicans, listen to your health professionals for advice and not the individuals who are spreading the seeds of doubt. These vaccines have been tested and found to be safe therefore citizens should seriously consider taking it when available. I will not be surprised if the very same doubters are not the first ones to receive the vaccine when available. Please do not be fooled into not taking the vaccine when it arrives on Dominican shores.

    This virus is no laughing matter. Dominica has been blessed thus far with no deaths and we intend to keep it this way therefore we should do every thing within our power to protect ourselves and others. The vaccine is our best hope for now. Many world leaders have publicly received the vaccine as proof of its efficacy and also to curb doubt against some of the misinformation out there. As the Prime Minister stated above, the time will soon come when “proof of vaccination” will be a requirement for travel so people, get ready.

  4. Waiting For Airport
    January 18, 2021

    A country with no deaths… almost all patients are asymtomatic

    Zero deaths, no symptoms… but our leaders insist on forcing us to be vaccinated against something that doesn’t affect us. Sinister, very sinister. There is obviously an alternative agenda here and once we study the history of vaccines as it concerns our people, we can be almost 100% certain that this is purely down to population control.

    By the time we wake up to the truth, they will have killed us off like they did the Arawaks and the really tall people from Africa.

    Our leaders continue to sell us to foreign interests and our extreme lack of self priority makes us perpetual victims.

  5. Tom Clancey Jr
    January 18, 2021

    This vaccine is especially made for idiots. Let’s see how it works: 1) you are healthy and test negative for covid; 2) you take the vaccine and immediately thereafter test positive for covid and are likely to give “it” to those in contact with you. Is this vaccine an infection, or a cure? Also, now they tell us that there are “mutant” strains, but funnily enough, the current vaccines sort them out too! Then, the spectacular news is that covid has totally destroyed (I mean, totally) ALL flu and common cold viruses, as you get a cold, or the flu these days (heaven forbid) you have covid! Now, are we really that stupid? Again, did you know that the virus has NEVER been isolated?? That being the case, what is the vaccine attacking? Our own DNA? Yes, according to WHO – to be precise, Chromosome 8. Then the PCR test, does the Hon. PM not realise that even the UK government admits that it does not identify any virus and that the “virus” has never, ever been isolated!

  6. Ibo France
    January 16, 2021

    Personally, I have adopted a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to taking the vaccine. Its efficacy will determine whether or not I will take it.

    A good and effective leader keeps his people well informed and abreast with important matters of the state. The Dominican public should know the source of the vaccine; whether it would be mandatory to take it; any cost to bear by the citizens; which groups of citizens would be given priority, etc.

    This announcement by Mr. Skerrit was made at a CARICOM Heads of Government meeting. It was just to give his CARICOM counterparts the impression that he is well organized and way ahead of many of them on this issue.

    Organized, competent, efficient, effective are adjective that are quite foreign to Mr. Skerrit. All this man does well is to hoard money and deprive his fellow citizens a fair share of the country’s economic pie.

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    January 16, 2021

    who is Amalek
    Hello citizens of Dominica we recognize that there are a lot
    of discussions on vaccine, germany and world war 2
    let us use Cuba as a role model

  8. Toto
    January 15, 2021

    Well, when our special friend of China Roosevelt and his family and the cabinet take that China vaccine in public supervise by our chief medical doctor, I will feel more confident taking it myself.

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    January 15, 2021

    A bunch of ignorant policy and ideas not based on science or a basic understanding of vaccines.
    God help us all….

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  10. magway ca
    January 15, 2021

    Chinese vaccine has 73 side effects
    uk vaccine has 5 side effects
    us vaccine has 7 side effects
    russia claims there vaccine is 90% effective with no list of side effects broadcasted

    i know who im gonna trust and it definitely NOT china

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  11. albert charles
    January 15, 2021

    People, don’t take that…. inform yourself properly….

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  12. Sheep
    January 14, 2021

    Line up….the mark of the beast awaits you

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  13. Red Ants Nest
    January 14, 2021

    This statement of PM is very disturbing if not very worrying. For the first time I feel like we are like sheep to the slaughter. Look we are one of the few countries where no one has died from covid-19 and to be fair the only country where a good 80% of it’s citizens either don’t use a mask or most don’t use it properly because we don’t believe Dominica has covid even if a few have tested positive. So why the rush to put us on vaccine especially when we have no conclusive report on how safe it is. Now as a laborite I have to ask PM is he is working on keeping us healthy and alive, or if he is on a mission to replace us with Chinese? PM let those Chinese test their vaccine since that’s where covid-19 was born. Let those Americans and Europeans be the ones to rush for the vaccine since these are the countries where many are still dying and getting sick. Pm at this time I am getting very scared of you and you agenda because to me you are no longer working for us. I fraid boy!!!

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  14. Some facts
    January 14, 2021

    I hope it is NOT Pfizer vaccine. Recently 20 people die from it in Norway. Plus a lot of cases in US. Look at the facebook profile of /brant.griner.7 with videos of his mom shaking from reaction on the Pfizer vaccine.

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  15. RoRo
    January 14, 2021

    As per usual nothing but waffle from this man. Let me ask a question, where is the vaccine from? Let me guess, China… Well let me tell all you, there is no Chinese vaccine coming anywhere near my arm! There is all kind of other vaccines on the market now but our caring PM goes for the one that doesn’t cost a cent!

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  16. Jack is Black
    January 14, 2021

    Vaccine from China, oh no!!

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    • Pipo
      January 15, 2021

      I understand your misgivings but Chinese people are being vaccinated with that vaccine in China right now. If we are suspicious I’m sure WHO and other independent western laboratories will check to make sure it is safe. I’m more worried that a vaccine will take so long to get here when a country like the UK has already vaccinated more than 3 million people and Israel is even further than that. Don’t say we don’t have the money. We have CBI money. What use is that if you are dead before you can spend it.

    • Toto
      January 15, 2021

      Well, if it is anything like the quality of that crap they selling in their shops here I must say no.

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    • Herbs work best
      January 16, 2021

      Dominica and the govt are in Bed with China. You take their money, now you owe them. Please dont inject these poisons into your body! God gave us things all over the island to keep us healthy. Use them, be healthy and praise God , NOT China !

  17. derp
    January 14, 2021

    there isn’t even 100% proof that if you get the vaccine you can’t and won’t get the COVID-19, all they have is that it produces antibodies to fight the COVID-19, how many of those test subjects that got the vaccine actually also got infected by the virus ….

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    • Beware
      January 15, 2021

      Dominica is in bed with China! Beware, China and this “vaccine” are not your friend. Neither is in your best interest.

  18. Viewsexpressed
    January 14, 2021

    Skerrit come straightforward and clean. ” Government working with PAHO my foot?
    It really is that obvious that you lack leadership foresight and planning to do what you are supposed to have done 20,yes ago.
    Development is not spontaneous, it is a profile towards preparation, planning, knowledge and consultation in preparedness and decent planning with the high level of service and support we need from our decent, highly professional trustworthy reliable civil servants and others who wish to contribute but do not wish to waste their time with failed incompetent Skerrit. It appears that all Skerrit is concerned about is to gain loyalty of some people in desperation for favours and handouts as most are unemployed and have no financial services to feed their children, pay their bills by and wish to move on in disciplined acvommt and cater for our children’s life, education and entertainment and other activities that will help these children in the journey of their respective…

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  19. Iyou
    January 14, 2021

    Both statements were made by the prime minister. the most important quality one MUST develop and have at this period of human history is the power of discernment. observe world events and understand the bigger picture of what he is telĺing you. he is a politician..he cannot tell you the truth directly..
    “The reality is, every week that passes by, different countries are now requiring for our citizens to have a negative PCR to come to their countries,” he stated. “Very soon when these bigger countries would have recognized that their citizens would be largely vaccinated then they are going to demand that you get vaccinated to come to their countries….”
    “There are also some structural adjustments we ourselves as governments will have to make as well, because you are going to see an increase in debt, even if you don’t borrow, you will still see an increase in debt”

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