TNN spoke with the Premier the Honorable David Burt, JP, MP earlier today at the mobile vaccination center at the National Stadium in Pembroke, where there was a very good turnout of people.
“ It is great to see many people out today doing their part to help move Bermuda beyond this pandemic,” he said. “People are seeing the reports from around the world on how countries with high vaccination rates have been able to end restrictions and begin to resume with their normal lives.”
Premier Burt accepts that some people might be initially hesitant about receiving the vaccine, but the government wants people to have conversations with their doctors and become more informed and educated about it. Because of this, a few doctors were at the site today to answer any questions that people might have had.
“If people decide that the vaccine is not really for them, that is fine; we are trying to make sure that we hit the level where we want to get for community protection and the more people who participate in the program, the better it will be for the country,” he said.
Premier Burt assures members of the community who have been experiencing anxiety and COVID fatigue that he and the Progressive Labor Party as a whole totally feel their pain and empathize with them.
“I understand the anxiety, but the best cure for it is to move beyond the pandemic,” he said. “ The medicine [for the virus] may not be palatable, but we want to achieve the end objective where we can get on with our normal lives . . . and get to a place where we can say we went through this period. It was a very rough period, but now we are in a good space on the other side.”
Premier Burt would like to wish his mother, his wife and all the mothers across the island a happy mother’s day tomorrow; especially to the nurses who have been out on the frontline of this pandemic since day one; in recognition of nurses’ appreciation week.
“We have seen so many from our healthcare community pull together to support this initiative,” he said. “ I would like to thank the doctors from the Bermuda Health Council and also the nurses and everyone else who has worked to coordinate this initiative. It has been an absolutely amazing achievement.”
The Bermuda College is open for walk-in vaccinations only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday, the hospital is open for vaccination appointments every day of the week and the mobile clinics will be conducted three times a week throughout different parts of the island. Next week, they will be at Shelly Bay on Tuesday, near the Warwick Health Center on Thursday and at Victor Scott Primary School on Sunday, May 16.
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