Leading by example: St Lucia Prime Minister says he will be among the first to take coronavirus vaccine

St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet

St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has volunteered to be one of the first people to take the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available on the island. Chastanet made the declaration in a bid to quell fears that St Lucians may have about the vaccine.

“Certainly I can say to you that if I need to travel I am going to have the vaccine,” Chastanet told reporters.

However, he pointed out that people who do not have to travel may have the option of not taking the vaccine. But he said there are going to be some companies that would require individuals to take a vaccine. This, he explained is because the threat of being closed down at any point is disruptive to business.

Chastanet shared that he is satisfied with the level of investigation into each vaccine that is being developed.

“The trial process has included thousands of persons and we certainly are going to be advised by both CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) and PAHO on this matter, to make sure we are not depending on the certification of any one country, but that there is an international certification that would also be required,” Chastanet said.