The emergence of the COVID-19 virus has undoubtedly created a
catastrophic atmosphere within the Caribbean region and the wider world. At the
borders of what would have been an epic 2020, entered a virus that has stagnated the
world unseen for decades.
The world was left literally in shambles with every sector vastly affected and the creation
of uncertainty at an all-time high. Many pondered on thoughts of “finding a cure “or a
containment of the virus that would allow for the resumption of normalcy.
At the forefront of the discussions was the creation of a vaccine that will enable persons
to be protected, thus cushioning the fears. The world eagerly awaited announcements
of vaccine readiness that would reinstate a sense of calmness. The declaration that
several vaccines were created was met with mixed emotions and discussions about the
readiness of vaccine administration among them, vaccine testing.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines vaccination roll out started on an unstable path
and continues to be poorly sustained compared to other countries in the region.
The current negative climate towards vaccination can be attributed to various
misconceptions and miscommunications. In the early stage of vaccine introduction, the
benefits of vaccines and possible side effects should have been clearly outlined in all
Among the mass public information campaign that was necessary, was the clear
distinction between the effects of vaccines and the relationship between the contraction of the COVID-19 virus and the impact of the virus on fully vaccinated and unvaccinated
The early spread of negativity in no doubt allowed for the planting of mental seeds that
have severely impacted the rate of the vaccine program in St.Vincent and the
Grenadines. In what can be deemed as a state of unrest between natural anti-vaxers,
those who are simply misinformed and misguided and pro-vaxers, it is not too late to
embark on a mass public relations campaign aimed solely at debunking the myths and
misconceptions of the available vaccines to Vincentians.
Nonetheless, the discussions on the personal choice to take or not to take vaccine
continues and therefore it is important that these are done in an unbiased way. There
will never be a time when everyone will be in agreement on an issue and as such, it is
imperative that on the mission to defend a position, one is not the carrier of untruths that
are aimed at derailing what was seen as the saviour of the pandemic.
In what can be seen as organized chaos in some camps towards the vaccine program,
the quest for relevance must be amplified with the sole purpose of ensuring that
Vincentians are properly equipped to make sound decisions on public health matters.