POND ISLAND: “You will not be targeted” was the assurance given to undocumented people by Public Health Minister Omar Ottley as he called on everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The focus, Ottley said on Wednesday, is “the safety of the community” especially now that 100 percent of samples sent to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment RIVM were found to be the UK variant.
Several variants are on the island including those from India, Brazil, and New York. One case of the South African variant was detected on the French side. This was found in a resident who returned from Europe.
The vaccination locations are Belair Community Center and the Collective Preventive Services at the Vineyard.
A pop-up location will be the Belvedere Methodist Church on Saturday, May 8, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Vaccination is free for everyone, but a photo identification is required. Undocumented people can use their passport that shows they are on the island for more than four months.
Government urges the community to be part of the “Drive to 85” – which is 85 percent of the population vaccinated. The Dutch side vaccination percentage stands at 22 per cent.