Authorities will not be forcing anybody to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
This was made clear yesterday by Minister of Well being and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic shortly after the arrival of greater than 33 000 AstraZeneca vaccines below the COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines World Entry) programme, at Grantley Adams Worldwide Airport.
He mentioned whereas well being authorities have been strongly encouraging Barbadians to get the jab, it was solely as much as them to take action.
His feedback got here in opposition to the background of a petition-signing occasion final weekend at Haggatt Corridor, St Michael, during which social activist Winston Clarke claimed some employers have been intimidating employees to take the vaccine. Greater than 1 500 have to date signed the petition which is addressed to the Home of Meeting.
Bostic advised the media: “From the Ministry of Well being And Wellness’ perspective, we encourage strongly each single Barbadian and resident in Barbados to take the vaccine, however the Authorities has maintained its place that it might not have a compulsory scenario in relation to taking the vaccine.” (SB)
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