(CMR) As the number of cases of the coronavirus in the British Virgin Islands continues to spike, Premier Andrew Fahie said the COVID-19 vaccine played a major role in his mother's recovery, who tested positive for the virus.
Fahie made this statement as he continues to urge residents to get vaccinated.
“I can share with you my family’s personal experience over the last week. My mother, who is in her 80’s, one of our golden citizens, had to be taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for COVID-19. The doctors were able to explain to our family that due to her being fully vaccinated significantly contributed to saving her life. Thank GOD she is now safely recuperating,” he stated.
The premier said while the vaccine does not stop anyone from contracting the virus, it acts as a shield to an individual immune system which helps them to fight off the virus.
“This encounter was indeed very scary and traumatizing. I would not wish anyone else to go through that experience. That is why I am saying that yes, it is possible for one to contract COVID-19 while being fully vaccinated. But the reality is, the vaccine allows the body to fight the virus with a high level of success. So, that is why I come to you with my personal experience strongly recommending that you get vaccinated,” he urged.
The vaccination process remains voluntary in the BVI; however, a number of businesses have reportedly been ordering their staff to become vaccinated or face the prospect of being terminated.
According to 284 Media, BVI is at an advanced stage of community spread following the latest published statistics, which revealed that a total of 1296 active cases are in the territory. Over the period 3rd July to 9th July, there were 989 positive results for persons with COVID-19.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges said, “The BVI has seen exponential growth in active cases with a trend of increasing the number of daily reports of new cases. The trend in increasing daily reports of new cases reported appears to have stabilized, however large numbers of new cases are expected to continue to be reported for several days.”