Updated: Jan 11
The next Covid-19 Vaccine Interview is with Radio Personality 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐚𝐊𝐢𝐝 from the SuppaDuppa Morning show on Laser 101! 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? My name is Kevin Petrona, also known as Suppa from the Suppa Duppa Morning show on Laser 101 FM. I am also an entertainer and host for parties and large events on the island. During my spare time, I love watching sports, watching series, reading, and graphic designing.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝-𝟏𝟗 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞? The pandemic at first didn’t affect me as I was part of the essential group. I would have to go on air daily and give updates on COVID-19 and other information that the government dispersed. When it came to hosting events and parties, that definitely took a big dip as most clubs were on lockdown and events postponed. Especially not knowing how the virus would affect the economy, I had to mentally deal with this prospect of financial insecurity. Socially it was ok on me as most of the time I enjoy being alone at home and relaxing. So being on lockdown or quarantine was more of a blessing than a punishment. lol
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬, 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧? For us to get back to normal, especially on the island is to become more responsible when sharing information. We now should have a better understanding of the virus, and the facts are out there, however, we tend to get too caught up in sensational news and headlines without ensuring that the news comes from a credible source. These days with social media, people just post links to websites that have no credibility, and everyone thinks they are an expert. We need to stop the fear-mongering and spreading of wrong information and conspiracies. We need to also educate ourselves especially when it comes to the virus and now, the vaccine. Too many times we see when persons take one outrageous story about the Covid-19 virus and use it to fit their agenda or to spread fear amongst the community. This is a dangerous precedent to set, and we as the media need to keep flooding the population with the RIGHT information to overcome that. Sadly, people are more entertained by lies, instead of the truth.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞? My reason for taking the vaccine is to help move the country forward, faster. We need to get back to some sort of normalcy to help stabilize our economy that relies so much on the outside world. The unemployment level in St. Maarten is rapidly growing, and we see the anxiety and uncertainty of people in the community rising every day. By taking the vaccine I hope to encourage more persons to follow my lead. It’s beneficial to them, their friends and family, and also to the economy. We don’t want to be left behind and play catch up when the rest of the world is already moving forward. Let’s all get on board now to avoid any more serious consequences.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞? Do your own research. There is a lot of expert information out there that supports the vaccine. The virus was and still is a scary thing, and, understandably, many are doubtful now about the vaccine. But we must trust in science. Think about those around you that are vulnerable. By getting vaccinated not only do YOU protect them, but you’re also protecting yourself. We are a very social society, and for us to reopen properly, we need to be open to accurate information out there and the vaccine. At the end of the day, everyone’s choice should be respected, but remember they also need to remember that they have a personal responsibility.