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People still think COVID-19 is a hoax despite deaths – Hon Malone

-Urges persons in Virgin Islands to get vaccinated
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) said the VI needs an upsurge of people to taking the COVID-19 vaccine to progress for the already 12,000 persons who have been vaccinated, however, persons continue to think the pandemic is a hoax. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Hon Carvin Maline urged persons in the territory to get vaccinated as is is the best way to fight the pandemic. Photo: WHO
Hon Carvin Maline urged persons in the territory to get vaccinated as is is the best way to fight the pandemic. Photo: WHO
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - With close to 12,000 persons receiving at least their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Virgin Islands, the push is on to administer at least 5000 more; however, the challenge, according to the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), is that persons continue to think the pandemic is a hoax.

The minister was at the time speaking on the Tuesday, June 1, 2021, edition of VIP Let's Talk on ZBVI 780am. 

He said with some 5000 target persons left to be vaccinated, "we've been around this 5000 been around this 5000 mark too long, we need an upsurge of people who are taking this," he said. 

Part of the hindrance he said, is that persons still believe that COVID-19 is a hoax, although global death rates have surged. 

"Folks are still thinking that is about Bill Gates and Fauci and all the other persons and conspiracy theories," Hon Malone said. 

According to the lastest update from Government on May 31, 2021, some 17, 866 vaccines have been administered in the VI. 11, 917 have received a first dose and 5,949 have received both of their shots.

The Virgin Islands Government has said 17,000 persons being fully vaccinated in the territory is a comfortable number for it to further open up the economy.

Regional countries struggling with virus - Hon Malone 

"If this is a hoax, it is the biggest, most dangerous global hoax that the world would have even seen, but people are dying, and we have to do something about it," Honourable Malone said regarding the conspiracy theories being shared around. 

He added that in the Caribbean, there continue to be struggles and cries about the pandemic from regional neighbours like Bermuda, US Virgin Islands (USVI) and other places like Trinidad and Tobago where information is shared amongst countries. 

"If there is a plea out there, the plea is [to] do what is required," he said regarding persons getting vaccinated.

45 Responses to “People still think COVID-19 is a hoax despite deaths – Hon Malone”

  • .... (03/06/2021, 13:43) Like (34) Dislike (9) Reply
    this recycled money running real stimulus to poor people struggling to pay rent
    • L**s (04/06/2021, 11:15) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      The same poor people was at the All White Party wearing the latest and newest. There’s no poor people here just careless selfish irresponsible person’s with zero discipline.
      • TWO EIGHT FOUR (04/06/2021, 12:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        ur an idiot............. not everyone is irresponsible..... there are actually persons out her struggling.......
  • when (03/06/2021, 14:04) Like (38) Dislike (31) Reply
    When will you get it in your head that this thing that is far from a vaccine does not protect you from anything. Hasn't this thing caused many to die prematurely. Talk about that and stop feeding us with fake news. Go And Do Your Own Research. Smh
    • lodger (03/06/2021, 15:32) Like (13) Dislike (18) Reply
      So when you catch it you will still think it is a hoax?
      • @lodger (03/06/2021, 20:07) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        I've been waiting to catch this boogeyman virus for so long, its embarrassing
    • fool (03/06/2021, 16:36) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
      Seatbelts save lives, they dont prevent accidents.
      How many people have died because of the vaccine? do proper research.
    • @ when (03/06/2021, 18:04) Like (12) Dislike (27) Reply
      Oh Good God!! Will you please just go and can it about “do your own research”!
      The vaccine works to a high percentage in preventing serious illness and death from Covid 19. The majority of deaths are from this lousy new virus, not from the vaccine.
      Wake up!!
    • Tim (03/06/2021, 23:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      He is actually talking about people like you ... not only believing in conspiracy theories but also add "new data" of their own... doing their own research ...

      glad we have people of science like yourself to save us ...
    • mad max (04/06/2021, 01:55) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Look around the world. Look at the UK, look at how the deaths and hospitalisation have been reduced due to the vaccine. What's so hard to understand. Just because we have been lucky so far means nothing when the borders re-open properly.
  • gfdfdggfdgfdgfdg (03/06/2021, 14:14) Like (37) Dislike (7) Reply
    Look at Dr.Fauci's emails that have been made public and tell me something isn't right
    • @hmmm.Dr Fucci. (03/06/2021, 17:27) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
      U all dont like Trump..Trump knows exactly what he was saying..Dr Fucci. China, World health organization are in cover up conspiracy....
  • Psychological warfare (03/06/2021, 14:22) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ask yourself what’s the bigger threat to human kind, the virus in the body or the virus in the mind.
  • Don’t worry these are rare symptoms (03/06/2021, 14:25) Like (27) Dislike (18) Reply
    COVID-19 VACCINE symptoms/ailments:
    stroke, brain aneurysm, blood clots, heart attacks, paralysis, blindness, mass skin rashes, anaphylaxis, coma, death
    • Chris P Bacon (03/06/2021, 15:39) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
      Wow still? Over 1 billion people have been vaccinated around the world and continue to take it (cause they are educated) and those symptoms you list are almost identical to the birth control pill and headache medication. Get with the program and stick to facts, not BS you find on FB etc.
      • Tim (03/06/2021, 23:35) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Chris ... you need to understand ... you are talking to people of science with "hard data" - you cant convince or confuse them with "alternative facts" ...

        You know what is the sad part .... this COVID thing will eventually go away one way or another.

        But the day after we will both need to live with the fact and realization that about 50-60% of the people living with us, the people we interact with on daily basis at work, school, supermarket, government ... they think in those terms. Their decision making are following a very different logic than you and me...

        far scarier than COVID 19 ...

        They can say the same thing about us - it doesnt matter ...
    • reality (03/06/2021, 23:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      All of these were happening long, long ago before Covid and covid Vaccine but now, any who take the vaccine and have any of these symptoms is because of the Vaccine. Get real. People were dying long, long ago from blood clots and are still dying. Guest what, people are still dying from blood clots, covid or no covid.
  • Magnets sticking to neighbors hand (03/06/2021, 14:27) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Conspiracy? Then answer this ^
    • Sigh (03/06/2021, 22:29) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      First of all, how did it get through the needle? Even if a chip was manufactured small enough to fit through the fraction-of-a-milliletre-thin gap, there's no way that it could attract a fridge magnet several times it's size.

      Secondly, if country like the US or UK could produce millions of vaccines filled with a chip that small in each shot, TSMC would be ran out of business because that would invalidate it's monopoly of fabing small chips. Also, for that same reason a semiconductor powerhouse like South Korea wouldn't need to import any Astra Zeneca vaccines id they could just "make the chips locally". Not to mention plain irrational costs of productions of said chips, as well as strange timing? Why not during influenza outbreaks of... was it 2008? or zika? If it were a slower process less people would catch on - if it were true... which it isn't....

      Thirdly, please tell me what would even be there to gain? Chipping a global workforce? Seriously, you're phone already has a pretty great amount of data about you. Google even has a site where you can see assumptions made about it's users. Tracking? Phone's have your location. Brainwashing? Well... if you really believe we're chipped then, I think you've already been brainwashed. Hate to break it to you.

      Please stop undermining the deaths of millions, and centuries of advancement in scientific knowledge for your unfounded, fallacy riddled, and logically unstable crackpot conspiracy theories, propagated by self proclaimed experts on facebook, who also think the earth is flat.
  • Staring at the world (03/06/2021, 14:30) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    I’ve been watching protest erupt all around the world, India, America, UK, Canada I guess all those millions of people are nuts. One thing I learn not to do is call people crazy
  • In Plain Sight (03/06/2021, 14:36) Like (41) Dislike (9) Reply
    So Sir, you are aware that these vaxxes are only emergency approved? And with respect, you sir are aware that 99.8% recovery rate is the statistic for Covid19.. and with all due respect Sir, you understand that the BVI had 248 positive Covid 19 cases and one person supposedly died of Covid 19. And you are actually wondering why the average, smart I might add BVI Islander does not want the unapproved vaxx?? Almighty God, El Shaddai, gave us amazing immune systems, infact we need germs to survive. . . we need kissing and hugging and more, my Jesus created all things and without Him was nothing made that was made. . . . I will, if you don't mind Sir, rely on The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, His Son the Creator, and not a vax prepared by those who want to make us all un able to reproduce at the very minimum. Why be a guinea pig for big pharma, let them try this emergency approved ONLY vax on someone besides us BVIslanders. And please tell me how much some one is getting for each vaxxed person. Something is ROTTEN IN DEMARK, oopsie The British Virgin Islands. I LOVE THE BVI AND I LOVE HOW SMART THE BVI PEOPLE ARE.
    • @In Plain Sight (03/06/2021, 14:47) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
      You lucky this got post lol but I agree !
    • Rubber Duck (03/06/2021, 17:03) Like (18) Dislike (25) Reply
      The BVI will open up , it must. As people mingle Covid will spread. The vaccinated will be largely immune. The unvaccinated will not be. Most will have mild to no symptoms but the old, already sick and the fat will likely get very ill and several of them will die. Appeals to Jesus, Allah or the tooth fairy will not help in the slightest.

      Not a single one of the 12,000 so far vaccinated in BVI has reported a serious side effect.
      The countries that have a majority of the population vaccinated have seen serious cases and deaths decline to almost zero. The countries that remain unvaccinated are seeing increasing cases and new variations.

  • Well (03/06/2021, 14:47) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    WHY ARE YOUR like and dislike button not working. . .. hmm is it that you do no like what we are voting for or against?? this site is actually famous for this behaviour. . . but we love you in Jesus Name, repent
  • Well Well (03/06/2021, 15:08) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    is Malone discredited Fauci's mouth piece?? Or WHO's mouth piece? or CCP Mouth piece? 99.8% of the population survive Covid19, so Who is paying for the fear mongering?? Who, exactly, why?
  • Anti Stupidity (03/06/2021, 15:20) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    We’ll see who’s the conspiracy theorist when the flu season comes back around. Good luck to the people that took part in the human experiment lol I’ll be watching
  • Stop stressing Minister (03/06/2021, 16:59) Like (45) Dislike (10) Reply
    U have done the best you can...Time to change your message,,,let those who have negative thoughts about the vaccine and refused to take it that it's not covered by NHI and once this batch expired it will then be an out of pocket cost....It is their choice..
  • hoax it is (03/06/2021, 17:21) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    if its one thing for sure,this vaccine is a proven hoax.
  • MA BOI (03/06/2021, 17:57) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Had to say it. (03/06/2021, 19:11) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    Hon. Malone and Hon Fahie thank you for the hard work you have done keeping the people in this Territory safe from Covid-19. It is unfortunate that some people feel that covid-19 have to hit home (meaning a family member have to die from it) for them to take this virus seriously. I have to admit that I too was apprehensive in taken the vaccine in the beginning given the amount of misinformation circulating, but I did my research and got information from reputable organizations. I and many others may feel a little bubbled up with all the local travel restrictions, but I understand it. I appreciate all the Governments efforts to keep us in the the Territory safe. I and you know the impact on the economy but you (Government)have to make hard decisions. I get it. Thank you.
  • BLOOD SUCKERS (03/06/2021, 19:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Damn shame (03/06/2021, 20:10) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its sad that when the vaxxed pass away I wont be able to tell them "I told you so"
  • Mr death (03/06/2021, 20:43) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Again...hmmm never see a politician try hard so to give away gains ...must be something fishy....
  • Hmmmm (03/06/2021, 22:03) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    America is sending 6million of vaccine to the caribbean why the bvi dont try and get some other kind of vaccine i know a lot more people would trust the vaccine from Amercia not AstraZeneca vaccine that a lot of people getting blood clot
  • Be Observant (04/06/2021, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    PROVERBS 13:3
  • lol (04/06/2021, 10:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    just 20.8 more months before elections and then hopefully this hoax will be over
  • IF THEY ONLY KNOW!!! (05/06/2021, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • hear (06/06/2021, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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