Minister of Sport and Community Development and Tobago West MP Shamfa Cudjoe received her first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid19 vaccine on Tuesday.
Speaking with Newsday, Cudjoe said that although she was “somewhat sceptical” about taking the vaccine, she decided it was a necessary move in the fight against the covid19 pandemic.
But she admitted, “In all honesty, I was somewhat sceptical.”
She said she came from a family where they avoided taking mediction and depended heavily on herbs and natural remedies for healing.
“However, I spent time doing the research and monitoring the news. I also got feedback from my friends abroad who already got vaccinated and are now out having a good time. So, I said why not?
" I also feel compelled to set an example for my family, staff, constituents and friends.
“So today, I slipped out of the office and made my way to the Diego Martin Health Centre and got my vaccine. The process was smooth, and the nurses were very friendly.”
She said she then returned to the office for meetings with staff.
“I feel fine, and I trust that all will be well.”
She said her Cabinet colleagues who had already had the vaccine told her to stay hydrated and keep paracetamol close in case she feels unwell.
“They are out and about conducting the nation’s business, and I’m convinced that I’ll be fine too.”
She is encouraging eligible people to register and get the vaccine.
“I urge citizens to make it their business to secure their health and safety by getting vaccinated.
"The chances of getting terminally ill and dying from covid19 are much higher than dying from the vaccine. It is the right thing to do for yourself, your family and your country. Covid19 is far from over and we must all do our part to beat this pandemic together.”