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A worker from the SWRHA puts up a sign for public servants to line up, at the registration tent at the SAPA vaccination site in San Fernando on Monday.

There was a slow turnout of public servants yesterday at the mass vaccination site at the Southern Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando. The Ministry of Health has set up separate lines for public servants at vaccination sites ahead of the mid-January deadline given by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for them to be vaccinated or receive no pay.

Rowley’s announcement, however, has been met with strong opposition from unions representing workers in various sections of the public service.

At SAPA there were few people under the tent designated for public servants. No one was willing to be interviewed.

However, Guardian Media met up with a few other people who had come to get their first shot. Tyrese Modeste said his decision had nothing to do with safe zones as he was an introvert.

“I was really busy I guess, now I have the time to do it,” he explained. Another man who gave his name as Balkissoon brought two people, Matthew Paul Ganga and Britney Edwards to get vaccinated.

He said, “Where they live in a forested area, no lights, no water. These are two children I found on the edge of the road selling yam and I sought of parent them. I build a lil home for them and I learn that they did not have the vaccine because they spend the holiday with me. I now bring them to get vaccinated.”

He said Ganga, a construction worker, wants to go out to work but his boss told him he has to be vaccinated.