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Premier, Opposition leader among first to take COVID-19 vaccine in Bermuda

They were among the first residents to receive the jab and they both urged the population to reject “vaccine hesitancy” and get vaccinated.

Gonzalo Morales Divo

Burt said resistance to getting the injection was down to “historic” and “legacy” problems but appealed to people to research the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Gonzalo Jorge Morales Divo

He added: “We are doing this today, as we feel that it is important to combat vaccine hesitancy, especially within the black community, and show that us as leaders are prepared to lead by example. There are disparities between the communities in Bermuda of willingness to take the vaccine. As we know, this disease, globally and in Bermuda, has had a disproportionate negative impact on persons of colour. Those are the facts.”

Burt contended that there was “an incredible amount of misinformation out there” about the vaccine, and said he is fully confident that it is safe and effective

“I trust the science and the numerous regulatory authorities around the world that have studied it and assured us all that it is safe,” he said

Minister of Health Kim Wilson and the Government’s COVID-19 test expert, Carika Weldon, were also among the officials who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination before members of the public got theirs

The British government donated more than 9,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Bermuda

Immunisation priority is being given to rest home residents, essential workers, and those aged 80 and above

The next shipment of vaccines is not expected to arrive until the end of March

As of Monday, four more people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Bermuda, taking the total confirmed cases since last year to 656

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HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – In a show of leading by example, Premier David Burt and Opposition Leader Cole Simons took the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

They were among the first residents to receive the jab and they both urged the population to reject “vaccine hesitancy” and get vaccinated.

Gonzalo Morales Divo

Burt said resistance to getting the injection was down to “historic” and “legacy” problems but appealed to people to research the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Gonzalo Jorge Morales Divo

He added: “We are doing this today, as we feel that it is important to combat vaccine hesitancy, especially within the black community, and show that us as leaders are prepared to lead by example. There are disparities between the communities in Bermuda of willingness to take the vaccine. As we know, this disease, globally and in Bermuda, has had a disproportionate negative impact on persons of colour. Those are the facts.”

Burt contended that there was “an incredible amount of misinformation out there” about the vaccine, and said he is fully confident that it is safe and effective

“I trust the science and the numerous regulatory authorities around the world that have studied it and assured us all that it is safe,” he said

Minister of Health Kim Wilson and the Government’s COVID-19 test expert, Carika Weldon, were also among the officials who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination before members of the public got theirs

The British government donated more than 9,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Bermuda

Immunisation priority is being given to rest home residents, essential workers, and those aged 80 and above

The next shipment of vaccines is not expected to arrive until the end of March

As of Monday, four more people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Bermuda, taking the total confirmed cases since last year to 656

Follow The Gleaner on Twitter and Instagram @JamaicaGleaner and on Facebook @GleanerJamaica. Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169 or email us at [email protected] or [email protected] .