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Being vaccinated against the coronavirus in the context of today’s pandemic is tantamount to an act of love of self and love of neighbour.

So said Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau in a memorandum dated Sunday, August 1 and addressed to clergy, religious, chancery staff and the media.

From all indications, the memorandum stated, the only option left to combat this terrible scourge is “our collective effort and action, a significant part of which is the vaccination of all.”

The memorandum mentioned that in some countries, governments and private sector groups are resorting to incentives of various kinds to encourage vaccination.

“It is unfortunate that as a human community we have come to that,” it said.

“We all look forward to seeing our country return to normalcy. Everyone would like the economic, social, and spiritual life of our people to return to the level of freedom we knew in the past. But we will not get there if we think only of ourselves,” Bishop Malzaire said.

Until now, Dominica and the world have been living on “edge” with the constant threats of shutdowns and related restrictions. “It is the last thing that Dominica needs,” the memo said.

It continued that Dominica has been “blessed” in being considered as one of the safest places in the world today in relation to the Covid pandemic. The country’s cases have been relatively low with no recorded deaths to date. “This is the best position we can be in,” the memo said.

It ended with Bishop Malzaire urging all to love their neighbour and help limit the transmission of the disease in Dominica.