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Editorial: Booster Shots Are To Be Welcomed

AFTER the push to get Bahamians fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the time has come to look forward to the next stage – and for many people, that means booster shots.

Across the world, a number of nations have already been offering booster shots. Here at home, the first concern was getting enough vaccines to get people fully vaccinated in the first place. With the end of that challenge in sight, the prospect of booster shots has now appeared on our own horizon.

The reasoning is simple – booster shots do just that, boost your resistance to the COVID-19 virus. Over time, resistance can fade and this reinforces your defences.

The first step here is, it seems, to offer booster shots to those Bahamian residents who are immunocompromised and/or over 60 years old.

That makes a good deal of sense – offering it first to those who are most at risk.

There is a good deal of evidence from other countries by now about the efficacy of such a booster shot, with the CDC announcing last week that Americans aged over 50 as well as those aged 18 or older who live in long-term care facilities “should” get booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, while all adults over 18 “may” do so.

Across the Atlantic in the UK, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been cleared as a booster shot.

It’s a sensible move to offer it to those most in need here – but we hope that once that target group has been offered the boosters, it would become available for others across the country.

The state of the pandemic has definitely improved – with just three new cases in the country in the latest update – but that’s no reason to let up in the fight against the virus. We must not let up when the virus is on the run.

It is a sensitive topic on who should get booster shots – as Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville recognises.

He said: “We would like to target those individuals who have not had any vaccines and to use up the vaccines for third doses when there are other individuals in the country who have not even gotten their first dose, that is the big debate because these vaccines are very precious.”

The debate over young people, particularly, getting their vaccines will come more into the spotlight as we edge closer to children returning to in-school classes.

Another factor is that some of the vaccines we possess are close to their expiration date – so it’s almost a case of use them or lose them.

Part of that is up to us. Those who haven’t been vaccinated yet, for whatever reason, this is the time to step forward.

The stronger our collective resistance is, the better our chances of weathering any future wave of the virus. We’ve seen the number of deaths that has brought in recent months – and we need to do all we can to prevent that happening again.

It is encouraging to hear the plans for boosters – and the consideration for those who haven’t had their first shots. We welcome such thoughtfulness as we plan the path ahead.

Signed and sealed?

When is a done deal not a done deal? When it is with workers at Bahamas Power and Light, apparently.

Back before the election, a deal was thought to be all sewn up. On September 8, it was even signed.

So now what is the hold up? Apparently the trade unions’ registrar is upset that management at BPL has tried to get the union to add in clauses after the document was signed.

A deal is a deal, and a signature is a signature.

BPL executives have yet to answer about these claims. But if the document has been signed, you can’t change it after the fact.

Either way, everyone involved needs a little more clarity over why there is a hold up. It took years to get to this point, it can’t be undone over a rethink so late it’s past the last minute.

Honour the deal and carry on. And if the management isn’t happy with the deal it signed? Go back to the table and try and get a new deal. Given the four years this one took, good luck with that.

Comments

carltonr61 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Collective resistance/herdimmunity. Ask Iceland or Gibraltar if vaccines produce such scientific utopia. It does not exist according to nations three months ahead in rollout. Cayman is back under crisis. The vaccines don't stop transmission is a given law of acceptance. Vaccine Utopia was supposed to be each citizen vaccinated 100% each tourist vaccinated 100% then the unvaccinated is forced to follow. Oops! Stuff started growing among the 100% population in Iceland, Denmark, Israel touted for at least 90 to 100% vaccination. The vaccination path is too well warn for The Bahamas not to see the path that leads to nowhere or a different strategy. Phyzer is releasing its Covid prevention theroputicals and populations are resisting imposed vaccinations for life with no medical DATA to support st birth vaccinations. The endgame of covid keeps growing into overreach leaps and bounds from lockdown control then travel to grocery finances and trade. The unsanitary vaccinated became hospitalized around the world among 100% vaccinated nations. Then they accepted that the vaccinated spread covid and efficacy wanes beginning four to six months post full vaccinated status. Recently vaccinated children are introducing covid to once safe homes then the self imposed cycle of hospitalizations begin all over again. We should herald those cheerleader poster child nations have now recycled back to vaccinations in a vane attempt at bravery in the face of death in Biblical repitation. All roads leading forward o normalcy goes by rout of Protease Inhibitors introduced as bigpharma money alphabet hopefuls or $2.00 Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine.

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Economist 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Cayman is back under crisis." Just on 70 percent of the cases are "unvaccinated". That's the problem right there, "unvaccinated".

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jt 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Why foul this up with facts?

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carltonr61 2 weeks, 1 day ago

That is the universal script being used that unvaccinated are getting sick. While it has been scientifically accepted that vaccines do not stop transmissions nor spread. Both parties don't use sanitary self protocol can get sick then have to rely on immune system. Vaccines did not cure covid but took away some personal precautions allowing spread among all. Why cherrypick around nations fully vaccinated that saw massive hospitilizations among fully vaccinated adults.

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DillyTree 2 weeks, 1 day ago

If you've got willing older or at risk people who wish to take the booster shot, why aren't we doing this? Too many people are saying "no" to first shots and the vaccines are just sitting there. Why not use them to further boost protection to those already vaccinated before the protection wears off? Then we ahve even more people vulnerable...

I'm ready for my booster shot, but can't get one because the doses are being saved for people who don't even want a first shot. What sense does that make?

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dwanderer 1 week, 6 days ago

I totally agree. There are many of us who were vaccinated in the initial roll-out and our sixth month since the second dose is now up. Rather than letting vaccines go to waste, it makes sense to offer them to those of us who want booster shots.

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