The Vaccination Management Team (VMT) encourages everyone who has not received their vaccination to come to the vaccination Pop-up at the Jose Lake Ballpark on Saturday, May 29th, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
The VMT also encourages everyone, persons, groups, or local businesses, to join the movement and do whatever they can to ensure that our island becomes sufficiently protected against the COVID-19 virus and life can go back to normal again.
The VMT is pleased to see an increase in persons who have come for their COVID-19 vaccine but emphasizes that we still have a long way to go to reach herd immunity and get back to normalcy. We are currently at 35% while we need to get to 85%. Only when we reach that level can life return to normal again, which means easing COVID-19 restrictions, unrestricted travel,
economic recovery (more jobs), and celebratory events like Jump-ups and Carnival.
Additionally, the mass vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine will stop on July 31st, meaning that July 9th will be the last day you can come for your first dose and to get your second dose three weeks later.
Vaccination will always be a personal choice, but every choice has consequences. When you choose not to get vaccinated, you endanger the health of others and put the future of our island at risk. However, with your choice to take the vaccine, you reduce the chance of infection and the possibility of infecting others by 95%.
1.3 billion people worldwide have taken the vaccine, which is scientifically proven to be safe. Your choice is also a social one, as the future of our island depends on it. We have to stand up as a country, unite and do this together.
The VMT encourages everyone to not only get vaccinated but also encourage others to do so. Ask if people in your social circle are vaccinated and try to spread correct information instead of fake news.
Offer to drive and accompany someone to a vaccination location. We are stronger together, and we can only reach our goal collectively.
Persons who wish to volunteer with the outreach campaign can send an email to email@example.com, and organizations who wish to organize an information session can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, the VMT also encourages local businesses to stand up and promote vaccination, not only to their staff but the general public.
TelEm offered a free sim card with 10 USD credit at the last Pop-Up vaccination, and Carrefour is offering a 20% discount to everyone who signs up and receives the vaccine for the entire month.
Getting our country sufficiently protected against the COVID-19 virus and variants is in everyone's best interest. The VMT encourages everyone to join the movement, become creative, and do whatever they can to promote our Drive to 85! We must do it together.
Sint Maarten Protected Together.