Answering the call by the Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, to use their platforms to encourage persons to get vaccinated, Region 10 entertainers, which include promoters, DJs and social media influencers, will be hosting a vaccination drive, in an effort to encourage the populace to get inoculated. Currently, the vaccination rate is at 35.7%, which is the lowest recorded in the country. The entertainers met with Minister Anthony last Friday at the Watooka Guest House and engaged him on how the clamp down on entertainment events, is directly affecting their livelihood.
Dr. Anthony said while he understands the entertainers’ concerns, he is more concerned with the vaccination resistance of Region 10 since the region is still lagging behind. He explained that encouraging the populace to get vaccinated is a collaborative effort and all and sundry should play their part in encouraging persons to take the jab, if they have not done so and those who took the first dose of the vaccine, to take the second one.
In response to the call to push the vaccination rate, Linden’s entertainers have already set dates for a vaccination drive be held. On the 3rd and 4th of December 2021, the drive will be held on the Linden/ Georgetown Park. On the 5th December, it will be held on the Cherokee Park, Green Valley. All of Linden’s top DJs will be playing at the events and persons will be entertained by Energy Empire Sounds. Vaccines that will be available are Janssen and Janssen, Sinopharm 1st and 2nd dose, Pfizer 1st and 2nd dose and AstraZeneca 2nd dose only.
Linden’s promoter Anthony Whyte of Access Entertainment, told INFO 10 that the event is a collaborative effort between several promoters and entertainers in Region 10, who all have a common goal, to have the entertainment industry return to normalcy. “It has been very hard for all of us, we lost hundreds of thousands earlier in the pandemic and then with the clamp down, promoters are not getting to earn. So we are just playing our part to assist the officials in getting the region to herd immunity, so we are urging all to come out, get vaccinated, be entertained and have a good time.”
Minister Anthony highligted that it is not the government ‘s intention to interfere with citizens’ livelihood but the safety of the public comes first.
Until the region reaches herd immunity, strict COVID-19 measures will continue to be enforced, he highlighted.