Gov’t to introduce prize draw for vaccines

| 05/05/2021 | 241 Comments
Cayman News Service
(L-R) Deputy Premier Chris Saunders, Premier Wayne Panton, Governor Martyn Roper, Health Minister Sabrina Turner and Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan

(CNS): Government will be introducing a prize draw for people who get vaccinated to boost the numbers and use up the remaining 7,000 courses before the end of their shelf life at the end of June. The PACT held a press briefing Wednesday that focused on the new government’s first priority, which is getting Cayman vaccinated against COVID-19 before it’s too late. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee stressed the need to increase the vaccine take-up, which is currently at 57%, before the borders can open safely.

Premier Wayne Panton stressed that his government would continue the conservative approach to opening the borders, and Deputy Premier Chris Saunders, the new finance minister, noted the stress the economy is under with the tourism sector still closed, He said returning the country to any degree of normality would depend on more people getting vaccinated.

Panton, who has already been vaccinated, said the remaining members of government who had delayed getting their shots because of the election campaign will be getting their first dose at the airport clinic on Saturday morning in a special vaccine drive, which will mix entertainment and the launch of the ‘vaccine means prizes’ as government begins an intensive effort to get Cayman vaccinated.

Dr Lee confirmed that his team is now in discussions with Public Health England regarding the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children between 12 and 16 years old following the clearance for that age group in both the USA and Canada. As soon as Cayman is given the green light, parents will be invited to bring their eligible children for the vaccine.

Health and Wellness Minister Sabrina Turner spoke of mobile vaccine services to encourage people to take the shot and said that, as the numbers increase, she was working on regulation changes for the quarantine protocols She said she was hoping to eliminate the pre-arrival test, which people currently must take three days before travel, for those who have already been vaccinated here when they travel and return home.

Opening borders will put the community at risk, and Dr Lee stressed that, given the “wild card” of variants of the disease and the unknown effectiveness of even the Pfizer vaccine against them, as well as the potential need for boosters later in the year for the older strains of coronavirus, he wanted to see Cayman use up the entire stock it has as soon as possible and before discussions about opening the borders can begin.

Check back to CNS tomorrow for more on the press briefing, and what was revealed about public finances and the emerging shape of the new government.

Watch the full press briefing on CIGTV below:

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  1. anon says:

    So much for Panton’s “transparency”, it’s more like a smoke screen.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He needs to take down his damn plywood littering the place first.

  3. Do What is Right says:

    How about this as an incentive instead: If you refuse to get vaccinated, and contract Covid, then you should be refused treatment at the hospital. It is time for people to stop following the American mindset of thinking only of their rights, and expand their thinking to encompass their obligations – to their families and the wider community. Don’t complain about the economy tanking if you are one of the people obstructing the re-opening of the country.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. And put them on a separate health plan so my premium does not increase.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, and if you smoke, drink alcohol, over eat or speed you also lose your ability to receive treatment. That wipes out about 95% of the population.

      Look how close to the surface tyranny actually lives.

      • I p freely says:

        Fair point but the vaccine issue is part of the social contract in a different way.

        • Anonymous says:

          If you are injured in the commission of a crime you still get treatment dip shit. Make an effort not to be an ahole in life and control what’s in your circle.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Don’t reward stupid by giving them incentives and prizes. Instead disincentivize this anti-social behaviour with penalties for those who are not vaccinated and could be.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:14 and what about those who are not candidates for the vaccine? They should not be denied service because they don’t have the vaccine. They are unable.
      It is not a one size fits all solution

    • Just me. says:

      Or you could just kill them first? Because they are obviously thinking of their own personal health instead of yours? There are just as many good reason not to take it as there are to take it. You choose for yourself and let everyone else have the same right. Or? Your faith in a man made, experimental cocktail of chemicals far exceeds your faith in God. But still. Your choice. But don’t complain about any bad health effects in a year or so after you choose to take it. P.S. the economy is going to tank anyway. Peace.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just when I think Cayman can’t get any more retarded.

    When was Dr Lee charged with lying under oath?

  5. Anonymous says:

    FOUR ministers have NOT yet taken it? Seriously?! Which ministers are these .. transparency please!!

    • Anonymous says:

      MOT in charge of opening borders and that side of the economy and hasn’t had the vaccine.

      Talk about tripping and popping your mouth.

  6. Anonymous says:

    People of the Cayman Islands take note! These are the morons and novices who will lead us for the next 4 years! Perhaps only their fervent supporters are surprised but clearly the majority of the population are not! Imagine if this press conference included Jay Ebanks!!

    Wayne, you are the biggest moron of all by including some of these in your Government. Yesterday’s briefing should have been an embarrassment to you!

    You are a disappointment, Mr. Panton, and are showing that you are too amateur to be the Premier. I guess that will be evident in 4 years, if you survive no-confidence motions which are sure to come!

    You “plotted” for 4 years with Chris, Kenneth, et al. Guess what, the plots against you are already in motion.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That was the first post-election press concert that I have ever seen – perhaps the first in recorded history – in which the incoming government states that the outgoing government left the country in a BETTER financial situation than projected.

    Thank you Roy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because they were honest and you can really thank Marco for taking us out of debt. Roy took over when there was already a surplus.

    • Anon says:

      After the Minister of Finance’s report, it is difficult to the we needed to change the outgoing Government. Perhaps some of the poor electors needed some holistic changes.

  8. _||) says:

    Says a lot about someone when they’re so convinced not to get the immunization due to medical misinformation, yet only decides to take it when there’s a monetary incentive instead of simply wanting to protect themselves and their community.

    This sort of mentality should not be rewarded.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely disgraceful and so privileged especially when people all around the world would do anything to have the opportunity to be vaccinated. The CI government should be charging those that haven’t been vaccinated after a certain date instead of rewarding these people with gifts.

  10. Political espionage says:

    Take the jab and close this shit down yo those who don’t like it can go bout they business! back to never never land. These changes to our lives are here to stay and no injection is going to now change that no matter how you try to spin it. Normalcy has been lost just like the number of persons who are gone. Your own selfishness is definitely deluding some of you if you believe this is going to some how go back to “Normal” This pandemic has been a lesson to even the ignorant who now understand what consequences are and that life is simply more important than you. Please get your vaccine to extend your life too make the necessary changes to improve your life and that of other around you. Positive thoughts Cayman that is our Normal !.

  11. A regular Joe says:

    Cayman kind ….
    Responsible individuals and families who had taken both doses are diminished now that they are “rewarding” procrastination and lack of responsibility.
    “Do you think everyone in Cayman will get vaccinated in two weeks “ somebody asked when ready to receive the first shipment, so I replied, knowing how things work here it might take a few weeks…. Now we are around 4 months in a process that in “developed” places would had taken much less.
    And the leaders are not only, not giving a good role model but, again, rewarding them …

  12. Anonymous says:

    The CDC is now a joke…someone dying with the virus is a virus death even if it is a car accident, but someone dying after the shot is not a shot death… How do people not see they are being experimented on? They have one single narrative to get this shot in everyone’s arms, no matter what. If anyone speaks out in opposition he receives unfair backlash.

    If you dig on the CDC website, you can find the data on the deaths, heart attacks, miscarriages, low platelet disease, blood clots (all 3 vaccines have had significant issues), Bell’s palsy, and other adverse reactions.

    I don’t want to be an accepted casualty. Period.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fake news. Watch less Fox News.

      • Anonymous says:

        He’s not wrong. If you die with Covid it’s counted as a covid death regardless of other conditions. If you die after having the shot, it’s not considered a vax death. You don’t see a problem? Maybe you should stop watching fox news.

        *CNS: This is a valid question that has sadly been overtaken by conspiracy theories and silliness about people dying in a road crash being counted as a covid death. Here is a good explanation by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which is a lot more trustworthy than whatever shows up in your Facebook feed.
        How are COVID-19 deaths counted? It’s complicated

        • Anonymous says:

          For the record, I don’t have Facebook or any other social media, perhaps you do, hence the reason for your projection. I also don’t watch CNN, Fox News or any of the other cable news stations. I get my information from data. The article you linked to confirms that covid deaths are lumped together with deaths in cases such as people with advanced cancer in the elderly and any other serious comorbidity. In short, many of the covid deaths may not have occurred if not for the underlying conditions. As the article says “it’s complicated” and I agree, but that’s not what the media is pushing. I also found several cases classified as covid deaths were in fact do to accidents. They were later changed but only after it was pointed out. Are we sure that the count doesn’t include thousands of deaths that had little to do with Covid when even a motorcylce fatality was counted simply because the victim tested positive. I’m not. According to your article the CDC changed it’s method of categorizing covid deaths, good. Now on the other hand, I found an article by a far left news outlet fact checking a far right news outlet regarding deaths after receiving the vaccine. Unsurprisingly the same example of an accident being counted as a death after vaccination was cited to discredit the data. It seems standards shift depending on the narrative.

    • Anonymous says:

      The joke is PACT

  13. PACT of Idiots says:

    During the elections there were a lot of people who said that it was not the Government (PPM) that kept our islands safe from the pandemic, it was “we the people” who followed the rules that kept us safe.

    Bear in mind, the rules were laid down and enforced by the government of the day.

    The previous government secured the vaccines for the country and were responsible and got their vaccine as they encouraged the rest of the population to do so.

    Fast forward to today: the PACT government officials are JUST getting vaccinated because they were “too busy with elections” or waiting on “the science”.

    If they were in charge of running the country last year, WHEN WOULD THEY HAVE ORDERED THE VACCINE FOR THE COUNTRY? Would they have waited till now when it’s almost too late?

    We know exactly why PACT didn’t get vaccinated. They were a part of the ignorant set that said “I nah getting no vaccination. Uni nah goin’ kill me!”

    I’m extremely concerned that these people are running the country. I’m thoroughly unimpressed with ALL OF THEM.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes! Hearing that certain cabinet officials are only now getting the jab was particularly disturbing. What really going on?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Elect stupid people, win stupid prizes.

    • Anonymous says:

      This new government is another joke. we all made fun of John John but we have now a new John John. Sabrina. she can’t talk worth a crap. why didn’t they get vaccinated months ago??? now they r forcing people but yet they never went

  15. Jesussavesme says:

    The shot that has a spike protein that will enter every single cell of your body and completely change how your immune system works forever, and not in a good way. No, thank you.

    *CNS: Fact check: Genetic materials from mRNA vaccines do not multiply in your body forever

  16. Anonymous says:

    Only after National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is established AND compensation is automatic if I get an immediate health injury or start experience weird health problems within 5 years after the jabs.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Stupidity to offer prizes! Stop encouraging people with this entitled attitude they have.

    All that should be stated is
    1) 1st dose vaccines are available until June 9
    2) Get the jab, or don’t, but borders open on July 1 to vaccinated persons

  18. Anonymous says:

    You might want to make sure you are fighting over the right thing.

    You can win. You can be right. But you can die trying. And then it doesn’t really matter any more, does it?

    Sure I can play the martyr card. But I only have one of those. And it costs a lot. So I might want to be careful.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Are people arriving on the flights being offered the vaccine upon arrival, at this point?

    A family member is arriving on the last flight in June, and requires the second dose. Will she be forced to quarantine first, and miss out as the vaccine expires? or will she be allowed to get the second dose upon arrival and immediately go into quarantine for 14 days?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Collective madness descended on Cayman. Offering people to play Russian roulette with their health and lives?

    I and my family won’t get the jabs for a million EUR or $. It is not us, but your paranoid government keep the borders closed.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is you

      Please leave

    • Anon says:

      No one is forcing you to get the shot or to come here.

      Don’t like the rules? Don’t come.

    • SSM345 says:

      Playing Russian roulette with your lives by getting a vaccine?

      What game will you be playing when the borders open and you aren’t vaccinated?

      Death Trap?


  21. What happened to choice? says:

    NEWSFLASH: If it is #free, and even so a portion of the community is not rushing to get it, what makes the vaccinated gurus think we care about prizes? We did not ask for raffles nor are we attempting to blackmail government into a second pension payout. Neither are we stopping the willing – whoever wants to get it, go and get it and leave the rest of us alone. If we have to pay for it later, it will be our problem. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman politicians seem to think that if you offer people treats you can persuade them to do what you want – based on many years of practical experience in elections, no doubt.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I do hope there will at least be participation ribbons for all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, like a yellow star.

    • Anonymous says:

      They missed a trick there – that along with a free t shirt and refreshments. As they become more experienced politicians they will fall back on Alden’s approach do whatever you like irrespective of public opposition, unless someone can muster the resources to go for judicial review.

  23. Anonymous says:

    So gambling is legal now?

  24. Anonymous says:

    It’s not that bad an idea if it reduces the number of doses that are going to go to waste next month, the level of which will almost certainly be both embarrassing and shameful. Incentives such as MLB tickets are being offered in the US, which is also experiencing a decline in vaccination rates. Yes it’s annoying for those who are already vaccinated, but surely our overall objective here is to get to the point that government feels it can relax the border restrictions as well as make sure we don’t get told where to go by the UK when we ask for more vaccine for 12-15s, younger kids and any variant boosters later in the year? But I agree with everyone who would have liked to see more of a plan/setting a date for reopening, even if just provisional – the current situation is neither realistic nor sustainable for the economy. And the fact that several ministers have not been vaccinated yet is hardly inspiring, but entirely unsurprising.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just tell people we are going to give the unused doses to Jamaica.

      They will come out in droves just to stop that…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Conservative outlook to opening the Borders! So that means later this year rather than sooner. Truth is you can’t hide from Covid, it’s endemic throughout the world. Govt and population has to accept that cases will rise once opening up and is inevitable, but a vaccinated population will keep these cases low,infections will be less serious and very low hospitalisation. So get the jab! No excuses!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely disgraceful so privileged.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Can you believe the gall of the people manipulating the masses?

    CNS: The most easily manipulated are people who only read the headlines in the Daily Mail and skip the actual articles. Read the whole thing.

    “Professor Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University, told MailOnline it is nearly impossible to draw too many conclusions as to which method of transport is safest from the ONS’s dataset.

    “He said: ‘The interpretation is really, really difficult. That’s for two reasons…”

  28. Anonymous says:

    What does it mean to be privileged ? A government having to offer its citizens incentives to get a life saving vaccine for free while in other parts part of the word people are dying because their governments don’t have access to it – let that sink in people!

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Added to the fact that the vaccines will expire, so the waste in holding on to the vaccines in the faint hope that someone may be sufficiently motivated by being offered a prize has real, life changing consequences for others. But why are we surprised – remember what happened to our excess PCR test kits donated to us – we didn’t pass them on to those that couldnt afford them or access them, we sold them.

  29. Bluff Patrol says:

    Offering prizes for opting to take an injection is against medical ethics. CIG, you have been wrongly advised and should retract this asap.

    • Anonymous says:

      Medical ethics? Did you follow the Doctors Express case?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s embarrassing and shameful for sure, but whatever it takes…

    • Anonymous says:

      Incentive for vaccination is coercive. There is a genuine ethical concern about the influence of such an incentive on decision-making.

      COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is rooted in concerns such as the warp speed development and approval of vaccines, politicization of the broader pandemic response.

      The government would not be willing to pay people to get vaccinated if the available vaccines were truly safe and effective.

    • Anonymous says:

      protecting life is the #1 goal of medical ethics.
      what are the downsides?…or you just another anti-vaxxer who won’t admit they are an anti-vaxxer?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I and everyone I know took the vaccine as soon as we were eligible. We read the science and also the moral duty to make ours and others lives safer. FOUR MINISTERS ‘were too busy’. Then Kenneth Bryan says he researched and now its ok. You are welcome Kenneth that I and my friends and family were your guinea pigs. Along with 1.2 million people. A coward and spineless leader is what you are.

    • Anonymous says:

      So a month, two, makes you consider yourself a guinea pig? You won’t know just how much a guinea pig you and your family is for at least another year. Not defending any of them but don’t let you being a sheep give you a false sense of moral authority. To each his own. Don’t let you taking a vaccine be a badge of honour, it could very well simply be your misguided attempt at ‘doing the right thing’. Key point is it is your decision, no one here should attempt to shame another into doing anything at all.

      • Anonymous says:

        The people not getting vaccinated are the ones that should be ashamed because they are too selfish to do something that will help protect the entire community. It’s frustrating because they use stupid assumptions and misinformation to justify what is actually just selfishness.

        • Anonymous says:

          What is selfish is the ignorant ones attacking people who haven’t taken the vaccine because their medical condition makes it dangerous for them to do so! Good on those who can take it but there is a minority out there who cannot.

          • Anonymous says:

            If it was only those with a legitimate medical condition not getting the vaccine we’d already be at 99% of adults vaccinated.

            Unfortunately we have too many people looking up internet videos that align with their pre-conceived beliefs and calling it “Research” rather than listening to the experts that actually know what they’re talking about.

    • Anonymous says:

      should of stuck with giving out mangoes….

    • Anonymous says:

      Leader ? You crazy.. he was an embarrassment yesterday. All he does is rehearse , cannot think. Can you imagine him and some others representing us internationally ?

    • Anonymous says:

      You are telling me that our own elected leaders “waited” and “researched” ans are ONLY NOW getting the vaccine??

      Wow, Kenneth your IQ just dropped to below par in my estimation…. let’s be truthful here late, you had enough bible-thumping wackaddodles telling you THEY were not getting the vaccine because the Lord would protect them, so as to not sway their votes, you waited until after the election?

      The ONLY way to save face is to strongly apologize for your no-excuse procrastination and come out TODAY with a huge public push to support the vaccine.

      If you are christian and believe in helping others, then based on FAITH and SCIENCE you take the vaccine.

      FAITH offers hope that you indeed will not have any minor side effects in order to be the bigger person and know that by getting the vaccine you are protecting children under 12 and those (auto immune disease) who truly cannot take the vaccine.

      Think of others, not yourself, THAT is what Jesus would do.

      Shame on anyone still anti-vax.

      Government, please go door to door if you have to because I feel face-to-face most people would be reasonable it’s when they’re in these groups that they follow the herd the wrong way??

    • Anonymous says:

      Shows the arrogance, ignorances and lack of leadership qualities of some ‘our leaders’. They should have made that very serious leap of faith to either be on the vaccine train, like the rest of us that trust the endless works and sacrifices made by the medical community WORLDWIDE, from get go or if decided not to take for whatever reason, stuck by that decision to the end! Why wait until after election/first press briefing? Alot of things will be learnt by these know it alls that should have been sound minded and common sense decisions! Mr Panton’s government really needs to rethink if they have the right people in these very important rolls for ALL US THE CAYMANIAN PEOPLE, from the SPEAKER, DOWN!

    • Anonymous says:

      I didn’t catch the briefing, who are the four? Kenneth is one, who are the others .. please tell me our new Minister of Health got hers early on?!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I’ll go if there is music and light refreshments provided.
    Oh and a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids while they wait.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Them stupid ideas has started. We not see anything yet.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Laughable stuff indeed. Roll up, roll up….get yer jab here and win a goldfish! It’s a stick people need, not a bleeding carrot disguised as a prize.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Not surprised wish them all the best. You can see they are amateurs. Hopefully over time they will grow into great leaders.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Another round of pension withdrawals is now needed.

    And, as a further incentive to get people vaccinated, Government could subsidize the payout by adding more money payout to such persons.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m pretty sure that just announcing that the boarders will open July 1 would incentivise everyone.

      • Anonymous says:


      • Anonymous says:

        There are no boarders to open? Maybe if you ask for borders, it might work.

      • Anonymous says:


      • Anonymous says:

        ‘Boarders’ – Got to love them – seen in virtually every comment demanding the opening of our borders no matter the consequences.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, those boarders again!

      • Anonymous says:

        Boarders again! It’s borders.

      • Anonymous says:

        And saying that we will export the remaining vaccines to a deserving country where its population desperately want them by a set date early enough for them to actually use them.

        Actually, I would be surprised if the Governor hadn’t already got a gypsy’s warning from the FCO – if the UK press found out we let UK donated vaccines expire because people couldn’t be arsed to take the, all hell will let loose.

    • Anonymous says:

      Give 500 a month to each person that has received nothing from government and have ti live on 1000 a month, less than the stipends.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Will MPs be eligible to win prizes? Seeing as none of the could be bothered until now?

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh please. At least they are being transparent! And they are going to get it done. They didn’t have to say anything! There’s just no pleasing anyone. So easy to sit on the sidelines and spew judgment. Go find something useful to do.

  37. Anonymous says:

    People you have to be bribed. WTF is happening here. Do you all realise the millions of people throughout the world would like to be in your shoes? Go ahead and let the deadline pass and evetually no additional opportunities are offered free of charge and you have to pay out of pocket for it.

    Then I bit you will be bitching about that too. Ungrateful to say the least!

    • Anonymous says:

      Govt should give an honest deadline for opening borders if they can achieve 80% island vaccinated and stop the bribery as the public isn’t being offered anythung in return 2

      • Anonymous says:

        How about surviving covid if you catch it? Is that incentive enough for you to go get it?

        These are grown as people we are talking about. If you or they want to look a gift horse in the mouth then go right ahead.

        This is the problem with Cayman and the last government continually pushed the concept that everyone should be indebted to the government for everything because they will give us everything..It has to stop. For crying out loud people, does it take food, music and prizes for you to get up off your ass and go to the airport for a few minutes to get a vaccination that could arguably save your life or your love ones.

        Come on Cayman, we are better than this. Where is your pride and self worth?

      • Anonymous says:

        Since we do not know who is here, and which of us have not been vaccinated, there is no way of knowing when we get to 80%.

  38. Anonymous says:

    So because they were hoping to get elected we the people now feel they were obligated to get the vaccine? What a crock of ***!
    If I am not prepared to get it, I respect others’ right to feel the same way-and I don’t give a buck who got it. You can read some bs!

    • Anonymous says:

      They need to just open up and also state that the hospitals will prioritize those with vaccines over those who refuse.

  39. Anonymous says:

    So I’ve had both my Pfizer shots, if I go now on Saturday and get an AstraZeneca one as well, am I entered in the raffle?

  40. Anonymous says:

    So we are being held back by superstitious imbeciles and idiotic conspiracy theorists who have to be bribed to get with the program.

    • Anonymous says:

      At first thought you were describing the ministers…

      Amazing that the Minister of Health only got her shot after the election. And Kenny-boy clearly needed some convincing to say he will get his.

      Wayne must be singing like the Pet Shop Boys, “What have I done to deserve this?”

    • Daphne Broon says:

      And you are obviously a expert medical virologist , who can see into the future. Or more likely a loudmouth , who thinks they know what is best for everyone. Check out the data available on C D C’s own website re this so called vaccine. Before you hand out your ill informed lectures.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Set a firm border opening date and my family and I will consider it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tomorrow. Now what are you going to do?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not about us, it’s the boat load of 5000 people who’ll turn up daily

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘consider it?’….do you ever ‘consider’ the health and safety of other people?

      • Anonymous says:

        Not my problem

        • Anonymous says:

          And you getting Covid when we open up not our problem either

        • Anonymous says:

          Not our problem then either when you end up in Hospital with no ventilator.

          • Anonymous says:

            Or when there’s no ventilator available!! Booyah!!

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m vaccinated but pro-choice on others getting it.

            You need to get past the idea of Covid = ventilator/death.

            The vast majority of persons catching Covid don’t even need medical treatment much less a ventilator. Yes, I personally know someone that passed from Covid and was on a ventilator. I also personally know dozens more that didn’t have to take so much as a Tylenol. In between, those groups were dozens others thst I know that were able to self treat with mucinex and Tylenol.

  42. Anonymous says:

    What a joke. Your prize is that you remain healthy.

    The message should be:
    “Anyone can get vaccinated we have the vaccines, if you don’t the border will open and you may get sick”

    Why are we rewarding stupidity!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I have completely lost respect for this government. Four members of the government did not get vaccinated because of the election? Really? What a bunch of crap.

    The election was April 14th, three frickin weeks ago. And I got my shots in Feb and mid March. Down for 6 hours after my second.

    THESE are the people deciding opening borders, allowing vaccinated people to quarantine less than 10 days? Allowing maybe American Airlines to land here again so people can plan summer travel outside of Travel Time?

    I am livid. No, damn livid. That these 12 flat earthers are determining the livelihoods and freedoms of 60 thousand people.

    Uninformed, conspiratorial cowardice. I’ve been volunteering and delivering meals since March 2020, and these idiots won’t get vaccinated and have the nerve to lie why they haven’t.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ya, that was the lamest excuse ever.

    • Anonymous says:

      Day 1 too… People definitely gonna wait now until they get free stuff… it’s pretty ridiculous people have to bribed to take this vaccine. The wealth of evidence out there showing this vaccine working in the real world in places like the UK and Israel should be enough. But no, here we are with a new government already bribing people on the first day of school…

    • Anonymous says:

      vaccination is about protecting the health of yourself and others…..
      but this was too much to ask of these 4 muppets? name and shame them.
      both of my shots took me less than 15 minutes.

  44. Anonymous says:

    NOPE! I counter with I’m not getting the vaccine until they offer a 2nd pension fund withdrawal from those grossly underperforming overcharging pensions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure if you have taken a look at your statement lately. They have had incredible returns the last 12 months.

      • Anonymous says:

        Funny how that works…

      • Anonymous says:

        Not compared to my personal investment portfolio. 2020 – Dow 11%, S&P500 – 16%, Nasdaq 41% – my investment account 73%
        There should be an investigation of the blatant white collar theft of those fat cat pension companies ripping off pensioners with their 1.5% MER – they are making millions doing nothing more than $9 ETFs can provide.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sure, as long as YOU will sign a legally binding agreement stating that if you do not have the funds to look after yourself following retirement, the government of that day can simply ignore you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sounds good – my investment ability far outperforms those pathetic pensions which their only interest is charging their fees – fat bastard owners of those pensions probably dine at the Ritz weekly

  45. Anonymous says:

    Sad to have to bribe people to do the right thing

  46. Anonymous says:

    Stupid. So everyone that already did their civil duty gets nada. Like always. Reward the lame ducks and punish the rest.

    • Anonymous says:

      You already got the vaccine? How are you being punished?
      Oh, not getting a toy that you didnt know was available is a form of punishment. Go figure.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Wayne presented well. The rest, well, presented.

    I have deep concerns about “Tourism and Transport” possessing medical data for the purposes of a giveaway. Cannot imagine this was thought through in great detail. Hopefully not indicative of the way this government will generally be approaching serious issues.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thought it was well run- sounded like they had somewhat of a plan- more professional.

      • Anonymous says:

        You mean to continue the plan of the previous government? I heard nothing ground breaking, other than a glorified raffle that seems to still be in the infancy of development. Not to mention representative of juvenile policy that has clearly not considered broader legal and moral concerns. So about what you would expect from Kenneth.

        Chris literally read out the same figures prepared pre-election as part of normal pre-elections process to provide the state of the government. It was not noteworthy, but I get why he felt the need to ensure he got time on the mic.

        Sabrina had a real low bar to clear, given her predecessor. She managed it, but only barely considering she made up words in attempts to pronounce something else entirely on multiple occasions. (But no donkey references!)

        As noted, Wayne was coherent, competent, and unfortunately surrounded the the fruits of forming a government with those who have a lot of catching up to do. I’m not certain he will be able to carry them throughout a whole term without some serious self-reflection on their part to recognize their current limitations and be humble enough to utilize the support of their senior teams for advice and guidance. (Particularly now, where decisive action and clear vision is necessary in a crisis.)

        • Anonymous says:

          I guess I was just impressed that they were talking about Covid and not full moons plus it seemed to flow better except uneven questions from press.

          • Anonymous says:

            Even Jon Jon got the vaccine before Sabrina.

            So… she maybe able to put on and speak better than he did, but at the end of the day… he led by example and showed his constituents and his people he wasn’t afraid to get the vaccine because he trusted the science.

            Sabrina is going to ask “social media experts” to help encourage people to take the shots. I wonder who these “influencers” are? They generally get paid to promote stuff. Sandra must be drooling… especially after Saunders told everyone how much money the people left the government with.

        • .. says:

          even Wayne was underwhelming. It is clear they don’t have a consensus on how to go forward so they can’t tell us the plan.

          I don’t envy him having to herd cats behind closed doors in their caucus sessions.

        • Anonymous says:

          Wayne was not that impressive either, let’s be real.

        • Anonymous says:

          “Sabrina had a real low bar to clear, given her predecessor. She managed it, but only barely considering she made up words in attempts to pronounce something else entirely on multiple occasions. (But no donkey references!)”

          That part

    • Anonymous says:

      It was at least decent of Saunders to acknowledge the fiscal prudence of the previous government.
      Thank you Roy.

    • Anonymous says:

      What press conference did you watch? The whole crew was an embarrassment. I am so disappointed that these people are our representatives. Jesus!

    • Anonymous says:

      Saunders was the only one who came across as being fit for purpose.

  48. Anonymous says:

    How disgusting that at least four sitting ministers are yet to receive even one dose of vaccine. Waiting until after the election my ass Wayne.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Get your jab! Open the border!

  50. Anonymous says:

    Blatant discrimination against the responsible people who have already been vaccinated. Privy Council needs to take a look at this!

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