St Vincent and the Grenadines make vaccine mandatory for teachers and other school staff

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The government of St Vincent and Grenadines declared mandatory vaccination against the COVID-19 virus of the teachers and staff members of the schools.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said, “On the basis of the advice which we have received, including advice from the medical authorities, those on the Health Services Subcommittee of NEMO (National Emergency Management Organisation), it was decided to put in these regulations, to include teachers as frontline workers.”

Additionally, PM Gonsalves stated that this vaccination mandate would be including all the people who would be coming in contact with the children and students. The staff that would be working in school inclusive teachers, the cook would have to get vaccinated.

While informing that the cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in the country at a high pace, PM Gonsalves said that there had been basic reasons for the vaccination mandate. First of all, due to a hike in the number of persons who are getting infected with the COVID-19 virus. The positivity rate is more than 10 per cent.

While telling that the government had taken this step for the public health security PM, Gonsalves said, “Secondly, the fact that we have a number of young people, students who have been contracting COVID and parents and teachers have been calling and the general public for us to include teachers and on balance, it was decided, yes, given what is taking place.”

PM Gonsalves said that this decision was supposed to be implemented on April 12th. During that time, Teachers would present their certificate of vaccination or a PCR test, or they would not be permitted to enter the school premises.

PM Gonsalves said, “People tend to forget that this virus needs a host. The host is the human being, and the virus moves because the human moving and you come into contact with one another, and it’s easily transmissible this particular variant. It’s more serious about making you sick more easily.”