On June 15th, the Caribbean Cinemas in Cole Bay opened up as a temporary replacement for the Belair Community Center for the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday, is the last day that you can get your COVID-19 vaccine at the Caribbean Cinemas in Cole Bay. After the weekend, on Monday, July 5th, the Belair Community Center will reopen again from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. On Thursday, July 1st, all vaccination locations are closed due to Emancipation Day.
The Vaccine Management Team (VMT) encourages everyone who has not received their vaccine against COVID-19 to make use of the opportunity while it?s still easily accessible and free of charge. The vaccine is available for all persons 16 years and up, or 12
years and up with underlying conditions. You have until July 9th to come for your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine so that you can receive your second dose before the end of July.
The Pfizer vaccine is the very best on the market, and unlike many other countries worldwide, we have it available to us for free. It is scientifically proven safe and effective against the Alpha variant (United Kingdom), which we know is now dominant on Sint Maarten. The efficacy is also clear as daylight, as countries with higher vaccination levels see their active COVID-19 cases drop sharply. We see the same happening closer to home, where the active cases, hospitalizations, and COVID-19 related deaths on Sint Maarten are almost 100% unvaccinated persons.
The VMT strongly encourages everyone who has not received their vaccination yet to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination will always be a personal decision as it can never be made mandatory, but every decision has consequences, and by choosing not to vaccinate, you endanger not only your own life but also the lives of others.
It is your choice to take the vaccine, you reduce that chance of being infected by COVID-19 by 95%, which means that the chances of infecting others are reduced by 95%, but even more important, in the slight case (5%) that you are infected, the vaccine protects you against the virus?s severe and possibly deadly symptoms, so you don?t end up in the hospital.
Come for your vaccine and encourage others to do so as well.
Sint Maarten Protected Together.