More than 500 employees and stakeholders of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) received the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine on March 08, 2021. This was the first phase of the Government of Saint Lucia’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign.
The Campaign, launched on February 17, 2021, is a comprehensive two-phased approach geared toward ensuring the successful vaccination of all citizens. Phase 1A placed significant emphasis on frontline workers within clinical and national security settings, senior citizens, and individuals living with chronic health conditions. As per the national declaration, SLASPA’s role in ensuring border control places the Authority well within this ambit.
Monday’s proceedings saw the positioning of on-site vaccination clinics and nurses at key points throughout SLASPA’s Facilities. These included: the Castries and Vieux Fort Sea Ports and the George FL. Charles and Hewanorra International Airports.
“COVID-19 has forced us to revamp our processes and create new means of serving and reaching our customers. As we stand in solidarity with the Government and people of Saint Lucia, we are hopeful that this vaccine will reintroduce a level of normalcy not only for our ports but throughout the island.”
Says Chief Operating Officer at SLASPA, Grace Parkinson.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration as a pandemic in March 2020, a cross-section of industries and sectors such as; trade, manufacturing, tourism, cruise, and aviation has experienced a significant decline in economic activity because of its impact on their business. SLASPA being no exception.
The Authority is committed to the adherence to health and safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and it is envisaged that with the immunization of the employees and stakeholders that the work environment will be safe for all users.