Letter to Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis: Vaccines for over-70s, please

Letter to Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis: Vaccines for over-70s, please
Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis speaks during a National Vaccine Consultative Committee press conference on Thursday, February 4, 2021. (PHOTO: OPM COMMUNICATIONS)

Dear Dr Dahl Regis,

Thank you for the press conference last evening from the Vaccine Consultative Committee. We have all been watching and waiting for news on the COVID vaccine program you are organizing.

I am a 77-year-old permanent resident and was very disappointed to hear right at the end of the conference that you would only be giving the vaccine to the 18 to 65 age group, after the frontline workers. To be honest, my friends and I were shocked to hear this news. We believe our elderly need to be vaccinated. We should be the first eligible group for distribution of the vaccine after healthcare workers, following the First World nations who have done the same.

The AstraZeneca vaccine.

I understand you have probably listened to the report out of France where President Macron said that the AstraZeneca vaccine was not effective in the over-65 age group. In my view, it was President Macron’s sour grapes when AstraZeneca said they might not be able to deliver all the full amount of the vaccine for a while. Europe did not order enough vaccines ahead and they are all quarrelling about it and blaming each other. Post-Brexit nastiness; the EU is giving Britain a very hard time.

In total, the UK has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and already vaccinated the frontline workers and the over 75-year-old age group. Why would they do this if the vaccine was not effective in the over-65s? The first vaccine covers the patient up to 76 percent for 21 days from having the injection and then more protection after the second injection.

The countries responsible for the clinical trials mandated that the elderly be vaccinated immediately after first responders. The elderly are crucial to Bahamian society and are many of the matriarchs that hold our families together. They have also been the most obedient in the lockdowns and now you want to punish us by saying we are content to stay inside. No, we look after our grandkids, we volunteer for non-profits, we support businesses and restaurants — just because we are old does not mean we don’t deserve vaccinations. My friends and I, all over 70, ask that you rethink this idea and protect our 66+year-olds and include them in the rollout of the COVID vaccine program.

If you agree with me, I encourage you to sign the petition started by a friend’s daughter, on Change.org: “Bahamas Govt Include 66+ yr olds in Covid Vaccine Program”.

So, why not The Bahamas?

Wake up The Bahamas and let us demand that we take care of our senior citizens.

Yours sincerely,

Priscilla Aylen

Freeport, Grand Bahama


Let’s face it. Over 65 and high risk, you have had your time. Make way for the younger generation. Survival of the fittest. We all out live our value to the propagation of society sooner or later.

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