The Ministry of Health recently received a donation of $90,000 EC dollars from CIBC First Caribbean Bank aimed at enhancing the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Saint Lucia. Country Head of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank Nigel Ollivierre says his organization remains committed to continue partnering with the Ministry of Health to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We really look forward to you being able to use the $90, 000 EC dollars to continue with the program. You have been doing good works and we want to applaud you with respect to getting the vaccination program out and getting people sensitized, aware and hopefully that can enough some more persons to take the vaccine and to really understand this is really probably one of the main way out of this pandemic both in the wellness of the nation and the recovery of the economy.”
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says she is very thankful for the support that the CIBC First Caribbean International Bank continues to provide in Saint Lucia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Vaccines have been the most effective and efficient manner in managing infectious diseases. So, this is what is really going to assist us in getting 70% to 90% our country covered and getting back to some level of normalcy. On behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Government of Saint Lucia, the people of Saint Lucia, we are extremely grateful for this collaboration, this donation and it is towards health and it is towards life. And so, we appreciate it because it is going to be used to strengthen our immunization program, as we move forward to keeping our people healthy and reducing the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.”
National Immunization Manager Tecla Jn Baptiste expressed heartfelt gratitude for the generous donation and believes it will aid in getting more people vaccinated. “This donation, of course, will allow us to procure vaccines to vaccinate about 4,000 persons in our general population and indeed we are grateful for this. As I always say, we are all in this together. Let us vaccinate for ourselves, for our loved ones and all of us.”
The Ministry of Health encourages people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus.