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Vaccination numbers among civil servants, law enforcement officers 'too low'- DG Archer

- said persons with concerns about vaccine should conduct their own research from reputable sources
Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr said while the Virgin Islands has recorded just over 26,000 people taking their first and second COVID-19 jabs, the figures are still too low in the law enforcement agencies and among public officers. Photo: GIS/File
Vaccination is the Virgin Islands' best chance of living and working with COVID-19, as well as reducing the pain in the community caused by the virus, says Deputy Governor David D. Archer. Photo: Internet Source/File
Vaccination is the Virgin Islands' best chance of living and working with COVID-19, as well as reducing the pain in the community caused by the virus, says Deputy Governor David D. Archer. Photo: Internet Source/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr said while the Virgin Islands has recorded just over 26,000 people taking their first and second COVID-19 jabs, the figures are still too low in the law enforcement agencies and among public officers.

'Consult your doctor & get vaccinated'

According to him, vaccination is the Virgin Islands' best chance of living and working with COVID-19, as well as reducing the pain in the community caused by the virus.

"Please VI, consult your doctor and get vaccinated,” Mr Archer pleaded on a live forum last night, July 20, 2021.

The Deputy Governor advised that people who are still not convinced about taking the vaccine should conduct their own research from reputable sources like the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Public Health England and World Health Organisation (WHO) to learn more about the vaccine.

“Over the past week, with great efforts, approximately 125 persons that I know personally decided to give themselves a fighting chance of living through COVID-19 by being vaccinated. I thank them and the many volunteers who assisted with the recent drives. They joined and has made the total of 15,0620 persons that have been fully vaccinated, 10,810 that are partially vaccinated for a total of 26,0501. VI, we are well on our way, but we have more work to be done,” he said.

Vaccination numbers 'too low'

Mr Archer then expressed concern that the vaccine uptake among public servants and law enforcement officers have been low and lamented that the public service has already lost three persons to COVID-19.

“I make a special, special, special plea to the 2,600 public officers; our vaccination numbers are too low, they are too low. We have already lost three employees, and you all know that we have been significantly impacted daily by persons who tested positive or has been in contact with someone who has,” he pleaded on the heels of the 23rd death and 1,604 confirmed active COVID-19 cases.

“At this time, I also make an urgent, urgent plea to our law enforcement agencies. Your vaccination rates are also too low. You are our defence, and we trust you, but unless you are protected, you cannot protect yourself, and you cannot protect us. I offer my time and my energy to work with you and converse with you so that our law enforcement agencies can be better protected,” the Deputy Governor stated.

32 Responses to “Vaccination numbers among civil servants, law enforcement officers 'too low'- DG Archer”

  • Ghost (21/07/2021, 09:11) Like (79) Dislike (48) Reply
    What about our increments that was approved before COVID and you want us to take vaccine
    • @ghost (21/07/2021, 09:53) Like (42) Dislike (26) Reply
      You going refuse a partial life saver over 2cents. SMH
    • WHAT!!! (21/07/2021, 10:09) Like (53) Dislike (19) Reply
      “Ghost”. The man is talking about saving lives so many dead and none of them vaccinated and you want to talk sh** about increments. Get real and grow up.
    • Ana (21/07/2021, 10:13) Like (47) Dislike (75) Reply
      can’t collect your increment if you’ve died. barring that, how are the two things linked?!
    • ??? (21/07/2021, 10:14) Like (40) Dislike (21) Reply
      A dead man cant spend an increment....vaccinate
    • Curious (21/07/2021, 11:14) Like (22) Dislike (66) Reply
      Did your work behavior and job performance qualify you for an increment?
    • Styler (21/07/2021, 12:47) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      That increments don’t work Jack squad, so don’t hold your breath you may get it and cannot even spend it . So just relax when it come it come
  • Strupes (21/07/2021, 09:44) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
    Vaccine is a compition now. They comparing with other nearby countries.
  • local girl (21/07/2021, 09:49) Like (55) Dislike (34) Reply
    Well you do the right thing, pay us our increment or take the vaccine yourself, simply as that, only ah you alone smart right? Get over ah you selves, no pay raise no vaccine, and you all cannot fire us.
    • @local girl (21/07/2021, 11:09) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
      If you choose not to vaccinate due to misinformation, that’s unfortunate and terribly sad.
      If you choose to turn vaccination into a bargaining chip, that’s simply selfish. And cruel.
      Open your eyes, look around you and see who is dying from this Covid virus and who is suffering the direct impact of choosing not to vaccinate.



    • Dummy (21/07/2021, 12:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so illiterate
      • Guest (21/07/2021, 14:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        why do u think she works at govt?
        • huh (22/07/2021, 07:39) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
          What does that supposed to mean? Illiterate people work in Government? The same Government you rely on everyday?
      • WOW (21/07/2021, 20:52) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        Listen, I came here to say that these government workers have me in awe at their level of non-intellect. No wonder we get that type of service from govt depts.
  • Thank you Dep. Governor David Archer for your courage, and spoke truth. (21/07/2021, 09:50) Like (21) Dislike (15) Reply
    You are 100% right. There are too many frontline workers that are opposing the health drive against this deadly pandemic, covid-19 virus. Many of their are even encouraging people not to accept the anti-covid-19 virus vaccine, that is helping to keep us alive.
    They should search out, identfied, and fired, in my opinion, or be placed in other positions, where there are few persons in the work place.
    As far as I and many others, you included, they have a prodeath mindset, rather than a prolife one.

  • Worker (21/07/2021, 09:50) Like (7) Dislike (23) Reply
    The service gone to the dogs under David and Jerspert
    • Styler (21/07/2021, 12:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don’t forget Donovan-Stevens she’s no different ,but God sleep we all have children that’s all I am going to say.
  • Richie Rich (21/07/2021, 09:55) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply

    The small man will always be suffering because of these selfish people.

  • Rubber Duck (21/07/2021, 09:56) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sadly it demonstrates the levels of education in the civil service. No wonder we have 18th century systems.
  • Vaccine or die (21/07/2021, 09:57) Like (25) Dislike (22) Reply
    Stop wasting our time, get vaccinated or risk dying, decisions have consequences..
  • question (21/07/2021, 10:41) Like (17) Dislike (28) Reply
    Why is everybody spreading this vac get vac like it the end of rhe world we should be telling people turn to god and change our ways seek god first and his richousness and everyrhing should be added after what about god we push god out a depend on a man who.paho. god is a jelous god we need to check our self check the spirit that is speaking to us god dont pressure u or drive fare in u to trust is ur choice ? so when the say u cant go no where with out the vac card whichmean code of vac identification and ur number is 19 u cannot do nothing without this


    • Lack (21/07/2021, 11:25) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
      Lack of comprehension of the situation is terrifying. Too busy enshrined in superstition to see what is happening.
  • basic maths (21/07/2021, 10:41) Like (58) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow. If we use the DG's logic in adding these numbers, we will soon have vaccinated more people than actually live in the VI! - even though children have not been receiving any jabs.

    First dose numbers represent the number of people that have received at least one dose. You can't then add this to the second dose numbers as you will count those with two doses twice.

    If this is the demonstrated understanding of Maths at the highest level of the civil service - much else is explained.
  • Exactly. Shouldn't Be (21/07/2021, 10:43) Like (22) Dislike (66) Reply
    So, What are you doing about it.? ..Somethings needs to be done...How can we move forward when these Cuvil servants who's salaries depends on the treasury purse, when they are the ones keeping the country back and holding the economy hostage. This is the ultimate selfishness...Cant continue.
  • AMA (21/07/2021, 11:21) Like (13) Dislike (14) Reply
    If I want my increment give me what is owed! Dead or not my children going get it don’t tell me what to do when ayo don’t keep promises in the government!
    • Madness (22/07/2021, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow! So you’re happy to swap your life so that your increment can be paid to your orphaned children? Is that how much your parenting is worth to your children?
      What an ugly way to look at life.
  • musa (21/07/2021, 11:28) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    Dr Pickering say to protect your families staff and the country need all on board so you all better get vaccinated or we all be sick sooner than you thought
  • Faithful (21/07/2021, 12:48) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Send them home, David, and hire the fully vaccinated to do the work. Period
  • ausar (21/07/2021, 14:10) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    To me, I think that key employees of government that are in constant contact with the public- health, immigration, ports, police, clerical staff that greet the public, etc, should be vaccinated. HANDS DOWN!

    Yes, getting vaxxed is a personal choice, but the nature of the careers should mandate it!

    Just so sad to hear of the newly departed.

    Again, my heartfelt condolences to all who are grieving!
  • uk.gov (21/07/2021, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca contains

    One dose (0.5 ml) contains: COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S* recombinant) 5 × 10^10 viral particles (vp)

    *Recombinant, replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus vector encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Spike glycoprotein. Produced in genetically modified human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells.

    This product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

    The other excipients are:

    L-histidineL-histidine hydrochloride monohydratemagnesium chloride hexahydratepolysorbate 80 (E 433)ethanolsucrosesodium chloridedisodium edetate dihydratewater for injections

    (see section 2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca contains sodium and alcohol

  • @uk.gov (22/07/2021, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is so easy to copy and paste. Do you understand any of what you posted?


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