COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory in Antigua and Barbuda


Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph has insisted that the use of any vaccine to treat the Covid-19 virus will be optional.

He gave that assurance on Saturday as he addressed the congregation of the Bible Speaks Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

The minister acknowledged that members of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith and several others will face a difficult decision regarding the administration of the vaccine.

He said that while many people remain apprehensive, they should ensure they are armed with the right information.

“This has caused many discussions and concerns, and I want to offer you the opportunity, in addition today and at a more appropriate time, to offer you the necessary information because vaccines will not be compulsory in Antigua, it will be voluntary, but for you to make a decision, you must be armed with the correct information.

“I have made a commitment to myself that as the minister responsible that I will ensure the widest and deepest consultation and dissemination of information to the people of Antigua and Barbuda so that they can make a wise decision in their own interest, and if you are a nurse or a doctor, you would know easily that 99 percent, perhaps 100 percent of the people in this church today have been vaccinated at some point in their lives. MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) is given to all children in Antigua and Barbuda,” Joseph said.

So far, government has paid nearly US$1million to receive a portion of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to ensure that enough are available for the entire nation.

Weeks ago, Prime Minister Gaston Browne committed to becoming the first person in the country to take the vaccine when it arrives here.

He hopes this will encourage the public not to be fearful. — Antigua Observer

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  1. This is good news!
    Yes, Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph, most people have received vaccines in their lives before but this kind of vaccine has NEVER been tried before. A vaccine like mRNA vaccine has never been used in the entire history of mankind. This stuff is new and untested.

  2. Thats just been said for cheap phycological points!

    Why people tend to be so gullible?

    They enforce laws to make wearing of mask mandatory to try stop the spread of this so called deadly virus ,what make us think they will not say differently a few weeks later pertaining to mandatory vaccine

    What he meant is alot of people is sceptical about the vaccine at this moment lets say it is not mandatory to relax their minds at the moment, when the vaccine reach our shores we could take the decision to parliament afterwards to make it mandatory.

    I find it very strange because someone is not comfortable with something they are criticised for a difference in opinion.

    Everyone has a free will

    • The Government is gonna find a way to make it mandatory…They will just put us in a spot where the option of not being vaccinated becomes microscopic…..

  3. @Karla Brathwait..
    The Vaccine is not going to give you eternal life you will die one day with or without the vaccine every one should have a choice. Eating humans flesh should be mandatory also? You will say that is gross because you oppose. If you are living in fear you take it, people should not be living in poverty do they make mandatory laws to assist the less fortunate? We are only hearing about vaccines for covid and we have alot of other issues that affect mankind that have not been address

  4. LMAO!!!!! NO NO NO!!!! It sure as hell won’t be mandatory for now but in a while we won’t be able to do this is that without being vaccinated so inevitably we’ll be forced to take the vaccine or live in the bushes…

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