Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he came close to becoming infected with COVID-19 on several occasions.
“I’ve had so many exposures. Two members of my security team had to be quarantined for COVID exposure. I would have seen at least two individuals at the office who tested subsequently for COVID,” Browne revealed Saturday on Pointe Fm.
“In fact, they were infected when they met with me but because I was following those protocols to the T and subsequently got vaccinated, I mean, I was evidently protected, ” he added.
The Prime Minister said if he had not been vaccinated, “maybe I would have been at Mount St. John on a ventilator, potentially could have even died. So, for me, you know, it was a risk management exercise and people need to assess their risk and to manage their risk by getting vaccinated.”
Prime Minister Browne took the Moderna vaccine several weeks before the country launched its official vaccination programme using AstraZeneca doses.
“I was perhaps, maybe, the first person to have gotten vaccinated on Antiguan soil and I can speak definitively that these vaccines work, they help to protect us, ” he insisted.
“I didn’t even recognize that the individual had already administered the vaccination. It was so seamless and I had absolutely no symptoms, you know, there was no side effects,” the Prime Minister said.