Once the Covid-19 vaccines land in Belize every individual will have the option to decide if they will take it. Prime Minister Briceno says while he will not push to be first in line, he will be waiting his turn.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Of course but I will not be the first ones at least I will not. I will refuse it. I think it’s more important for the front line workers to get it certainly before I do but I will take the vaccine and I will recommend to everyone that we should take the vaccine whenever it becomes available for us.”
Cayo Correspondent Elaine Berry met up with some of the residents in San Ignacio Town to see what their views are on taking the vaccine.
“I am a traffic officer in San Ignacio I will be taking the vaccine when it’s available, the reason why is because I am a front line worker and I am doing it for me, my family and my kids.”
“I am the manager of Bismillah Store San Ignacio. The reason I will not be taking the vaccine is because I don’t have the knowledge of the components it brings. I have to consult first with my doctor since I have allergies and I cannot take any medication before consulting him so that’s the number one reason I’m not taking it.”
“As about getting the COVID-19 vaccine I’ll be first in line to get one. I’m a business man from down town San Ignacio Burns Avenue, I have a tour company and I deal a lot with foreigners and I think myself as a front line worker I would not hesitate to jump on and get vaccine and I would recommend anybody who can get the vaccine to get it done. My wife is diabetic and I’m hoping that she can be first in line with myself too.”
“My name is Samuel Sampson. I reside here in San Ignacio. Concerning the vaccine that is about to reach Belize my reason for not taking it is this that I have gotten advice from my sister residing in Mexico Chetumal she actually at the moment she’s a doctor and she has experience in certain degrees of medicine so she advised me not to do anything to have to do anything with the vaccine when it comes to Belize. I will not take it because of what I have been told.”
“At the present moment I personally am not interested in taking the vaccine. I feel very well and the way how the situation is going I am comfortable with the way I’ve been taking my natural substance my roots and stuff so I really don’t need to take it. If push comes to shove and things get out of hand then I would consider it a little bit more but for right now I don’t really need to take the vaccine. I am happy for who wants to take it, it’s their own free will.”
Our newsroom also heard from some residents in the south to see whether they are ready and willing for the Covid-19 vaccine.
“I am a senior citizen of Punta Gorda Town. I agree with this vaccination, the vaccine that will help the complete country of Belize to be free of this COVID-19 virus and I am encouraging each and every one of us who are vulnerable to it to get this vaccination as it will be a big help and relief of the citizens of this Belize.”
“I’m strongly against taking the COVID-19 vaccine because I am not 100% sure that the vaccine will protect me against the virus. This is how I feel about not taking the vaccine.”
It is anticipated that Belize will begin receiving vaccines within the next three months.