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Roshan Parasram

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram are again urging the public to get themselves vaccinated against the influenza virus.

During the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 media briefing Saturday, Deyalsingh said despite encouraging the public, the numbers of people coming forward to access the free vaccine had continued to decline.

Advising on the importance of vaccines, Parasram explained, “A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, thereby protecting the person from that particular disease.”

He reflected on the success of other vaccines in eradicating diseases such as smallpox, measles, mumps and rubella globally.

To the anti-vaxxers movement, Deyalsingh said it was something the authorities have been dealing with and as a result, they are preparing to embark on a public education campaign in January highlighting the safety and benefits of vaccines.

He said they are currently working on developing the three Ms–the message, messengers, and medium–as they are very serious about reaching all citizens, especially those on social media.

In the 4 pm clinical update provided Saturday, a total of 44 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded within 24 hours from Friday; while deaths remained at 118; and recovered patients stood at 5,732.

With 780 active cases, 671 people were said to be in home isolation, with 38 at hospital; 27 in step-down facilities; and 347 in state quarantine.