Last updated on Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 16:38 by Denis Chabrol
On Tuesday Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony took the coronavirus vaccine in a move he hoped would help boost the confidence of thousands of Guyanese to take the injection to avoid falling seriously ill or dying.
“I had been getting a lot of applications. People feel I am hesitant to take the vaccine so I want to dispel that myth and make sure people can see that I have taken the vaccine and now if that stopped them getting the vaccine, they can come on board the ship and get theirs, ”he said when asked by Radio-Guyana News-Talk 103.1 FM / Demerara Waves News News.
He said it took weeks to get vaccinated because he had wanted to make sure that most frontline workers get their jabs first. Since then, he said more vaccines have arrived and even more are expected
At about 10:05 AM, he was vaccinated with the Russian-made Sputnik-V vaccine in his office.
At the Ministry of Health, hundreds of people confused heavy rain for vaccination. They were being processed by Guyana Defense Force troops and nursing students under huge tents in the compound.
Dr. reminded Anthony Guyanese once again stated that the vaccine “prevents you from getting the more serious form of the disease and even if you become infected, you get a milder form of the disease so these vaccines make a big difference.”
The Ministry of Health sought to dispel concerns among people who doubt the efficacy and safety of the injections, saying that thousands of people have participated in clinical trials and have been given millions of people with no adverse side effects other than some fever and headache are experienced by some.
Also taking the vaccine on Tuesday was Health Minister’s wife, Dr. Shanti Singh; Adviser to the Minister for Health, Mr. Leslie Ramsammy and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Malcolm Watkins.