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Dr. Drew: “Educate, Do Not Mandate”

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by Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Chairman of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, Dr. Terrance Drew, believes the key to unlocking vaccine hesitancy is education, not forced vaccination.

“Educate, do not mandate… We need a massive awareness campaign… Education is fundamental in getting human beings to change behavior or accept that, which can be good. If you don’t do that, you will automatically meet resistance.”

A guest on Wednesday’s (May 19) edition of WINN’s weekday Talk Show “Voices”, Dr. Drew, a medical practitioner by training, argued that vaccine hesitancy crosses the political divide.

“Because in my practice, I have patients from all spectrums of the political climate and it doesn’t matter their political persuasion, they have these questions… I see patients all the time and sometimes you offer treatment and there is a subset of patients who will ask, what is that? How is that going to affect me? Can I take something else? And the vaccine is no exception.”

Dr. Drew, asked, by WINN, if he had taken the vaccine, responded:

“I had a patient the other day, and she was being sent home because she said she did not take the vaccine. I asked her one fundamental question. Why is it that somebody was accessing your medical record? Did you give them that? Nobody should access anybody’s medical record and I stand firm with that because people are being discriminated against, however, I am a medical doctor and I know how to take care of myself.”

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