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Editorial: Trust The Medics As They Lead The Way

HERE’S the good news – the vaccinations are under way.

Leading the way, healthcare workers and hospital executives received their first shots of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine yesterday, with other senior officials such as Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Health Minister Renward Wells having already had their jabs on Sunday,

It is early days, of course. More than 60 PHA staff got their shots yesterday, and it is expected that pace will increase significantly as the vaccination rollout proceeds.

The important thing is that the people we know and trust with our health are showing the way.

These are the people we live with, the people we go to with our medical problems, the people we acknowledge as experts in the medical field – and they trust the vaccine and are putting it in their own arms.

There are two challenges ahead for the vaccine rollout – the logistics of making sure the jabs reach people’s arms wherever they live and at a good pace, and ensuring people trust the vaccine.

That second one can be the trickier one. There are all kinds of scare stories being shared that give people pause – but seeing medics trust the medicine will go a long way to helping build that trust.

As well as trust, we should also remember we have a responsibility. This is a voluntary vaccination – but let’s be straight about that, as people umm and ahh over whether or not they should take the vaccination they remain both at risk and a risk for spreading the virus.

As our columnist Front Porch points out today, it’s not just about you, but about everyone you come into contact with.

So if you don’t take the vaccine, that means you’re fine with remaining a higher risk to your grandmother or your elderly uncle. It means you’re an increased risk for passing the virus on to your friends. You become more of a threat to your children by choosing not to take the virus.

As Archbishop Patrick Pinder points out: “This is to protect the health of the recipient, the health of all those with whom the recipient comes into contact and especially to protect the most vulnerable for whom infection with this virus could mean serious illness, hospitalisation or worse.”

That’s the harsh truth – but let’s also consider the flip side for a moment. Every person who does get the vaccine makes it that little bit harder for the virus to take hold, to find a way to reach others. You can save people’s lives just by getting the jab and stopping the virus from spreading because of you.

Imagine, just imagine, if we could be the first nation in the world to be fully vaccinated. Imagine the headlines around the world. Imagine what that would do for our society, our tourism industry, and our economy.

That could be attainable – we don’t actually need a huge number of vaccines in comparison to other, more populous countries. Can we achieve it? Perhaps, perhaps not. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to put the world of lockdowns and curfews behind us? We could lead the way – and there’s one simple way to do that: Trust the medics. They’ve got the jab. Follow their lead.

Labour unrest

Probably the last thing the government needs as we glimpse light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is the return of problems with labour relations.

Yesterday saw two protests – one from officers at the Department of Correctional Services, and one from staff at ZNS.

Each group has different issues, but each talks of not being heard. Prison officers say they are tired of complaints falling on deaf ears, while ZNS staff report a unilateral decision to impose salary deductions for health insurance.

Throw in a backdrop of a countdown to the next election and that’s bad news all around for a government looking to win a second term.

Of course there are always two sides to disputes – but the very least there should be is communication with staff.

You can’t promise to listen to people on the election then not listen when you’re in office. If you do, you can’t be surprised at the outcome.

Comments

FreeUs242 1 month ago

Any pharmaceutical company can make a vaccine and say this what it does, that's scary 👍

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proudloudandfnm 1 month ago

You scared? Don't be a sissy, take your medicine like a grown up. It aint just about you, do it so we can all go back to living a normal life? Want a curfew for the next 5 years? Take the shot and don't be a lil sissy...

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GodSpeed 1 month ago

just go take your shot, stop trying to convince others to be as gullible as you are.

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bahamianson 1 month ago

What a crazy thing to say. Years ago, science and specialist said that you should drink milk to coat your stomach. How wrong were the physivians and science. Milk produces lactic acid and it makes your stomach feel worse and enouht acid can cause an ulcer. So much for trusting the science. It is totally relative.

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proudloudandfnm 1 month ago

So what to trust then? Voodoo?

Dumb argument..

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FreeUs242 1 month ago

Do you boo boo😃💉☣️👍

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tribanon 1 month ago

The only thing dumber than that argument is you. LOL

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ohdrap4 1 month ago

Imagine, just imagine, if we could be the first nation in the world to be fully vaccinated.

That will be hard to do if the vaccines are only enough for 1 in 5 people.

A figment, a figment of imagination!!!!!

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proudloudandfnm 1 month ago

We received the first shipment. First. Know why you use the word first? Cause a second will follow, then a third and so on....

Duh....

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newcitizen 1 month ago

From where? The government has secured 120,000 vaccines, 100,00 from Covax, and 20,000 were a gift from India. There is currently no plan to get anymore. The government has not made any purchase agreements with any of the manufacturers to get the rest of the needed supply. Where are these next vaccines suppose to magically appear from?

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Proguing 1 month ago

Government waiting on more donations...

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proudloudandfnm 1 month ago

They will get as many as they need. Stop the nanny.

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FreeUs242 1 month ago

Go and get ya shot and stop crying 😭😂

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shonkai 1 month ago

Nice sermon. So if the vaccine is as good as everybody hopes, there is a group of people who have taken the jab and won't get sick anymore, and a group of people who have not, who know the risk and may still get sick, and then may spread to others, but only in that same group. So why the sermon?

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GodSpeed 1 month ago

"Trust" 🤣🤣

Yeah "trust us guys!".... the giant pharmaceutical companies that rushed this bioweapon don't even trust themselves. That's why if you get a terrible reaction to the bioweapon or even die, they made sure you and your loved ones can't sue them.

Big Pharma I thought we had something real here ya know? I thought we had trust, but you got a prenup! You've pre-planned for failure you liar! How can you ask me to trust you with my life when you're protecting yourselves from damages and out to make money? I can't even sue you if you screw up? In fact, now you can just push anything into my body without repercussion... tsk tsk, you're so manipulative. How can I trust with a relationship like that? The moral contract is all screwed up. This feels like this is a toxic relationship with a manipulative psychopath.

So I won't be "trusting" the giant pharmaceutical companies looking to make billions from their rushed BioWeapon. Let the 🐑🐏🐑 who blindly trust authority take it and thank you for your service. Maybe after 10 years I'll take it, ya know, if I feel like it 😊 my body, my choice.

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bahamianson 1 month ago

Godspeed, the reality is , you have a valid point. If you tell us to trust you, put your money where your mouth is. allow us to sue you since you have such confidence in your product.

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tribanon 1 month ago

Get a grip. GodSpeed's not the one trying to jab you or anyone else with anything. LOL

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Greentea 1 month ago

FreeUs242 and Godspeed show yet again that we Bahamians are stupid for real. Go ahead with your illogical thinking. I am beyond the point of arguing. You are free to die before your time from a disease that didn't have to kill you. You and 60% of Bahamian doctors and medical workers who reportedly refused to take the vaccine.

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FreeUs242 1 month ago

Go take ur medication boi, boi bye😂🙂💯👍🙌💉☣️😆

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tribanon 1 month ago

Green tea is a favourite of the ChiComs so be careful.

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