Education Minister says children will not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccines


Daily Observer: Same as for adults, children in Antigua and Barbuda will not be compelled to take the vaccine that is intended to provide some sort of protection against the COVID-19 virus.

Newly appointed Minister of Education Daryll Matthew provided this information during a recent interview with Observer media.

“I don’t know that the government can make it mandatory for anyone, under the current circumstances, to take the vaccine,” he said.

However, he said that his personal belief is that worldwide changes may force many people who are hesitant about taking the vaccine to reconsider their position.

“For example, someone may want to travel to the United States or any other country. I believe at some point in time, we will reach the stage where countries will dictate that you must be vaccinated in order to enter. It happens already with yellow fever and malaria vaccines. I personally believe that COVID-19 will be one of those conditions that will require mandatory vaccines for entry,” Matthew said.

Weeks ago, Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph also stated that the use of any used vaccine to treat COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda will be optional.

The minister acknowledged that many people are a bit apprehensive about vaccines and vowed that the ministry will ensure that public is provided with the right information so that they could make informed choices.

The ministry held its first public consultation last week at the Sandals Grande Antiguan Resort and Spa to provide updated information about vaccinations and the importance of it. — Observer Media


  1. Top Pathologist Claims Coronavirus is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on an Unsuspecting Public”

    Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson told government officials in Alberta during a zoom conference call that the current coronavirus crisis is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”

    Hodkinson’s comments were made during a discussion involving the Community and Public Services Committee and the clip was subsequently uploaded to YouTube.

    Noting that he was also an expert in virology, Hodkinson pointed out that his role as CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests means, “I might know a little bit about all this.”

    “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public,” said Hodkinson.

    The doctor said that nothing could be done to stop the spread of the virus besides protecting older more vulnerable people and that the whole situation represented “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”

    Hodkinson remarked that “social distancing is useless because COVID is spread by aerosols which travel 30 meters or so before landing,” as he called for society to be re-opened immediately to prevent the debilitating damage being caused by lockdowns.

    Hodkinson also slammed mandatory mask mandates as completely pointless.

    “Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever,” he said.

    “Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signalling. They’re not even worn effectively most of the time. It’s utterly ridiculous. Seeing these unfortunate, uneducated people – I’m not saying that in a pejorative sense – seeing these people walking around like lemmings obeying without any knowledge base to put the mask on their face.”

    The doctor also slammed the unreliability of PCR tests, noting that “positive test results do not, underlined in neon, mean a clinical infection,” and that all testing should stop because the false numbers are “driving public hysteria.”

    Hodkinson said that the risk of death in the province of Alberta for people under the age of 65 was “one in three hundred thousand,” and that it was simply “outrageous” to shut down society for what the doctor said “was just another bad flu.”

    “I’m absolutely outraged that this has reached this level, it should all stop tomorrow,” concluded Dr. Hodkinson.

    Hodkinson’s credentials are beyond question, with the MedMalDoctors website affirming his credibility.

    “He received his general medical degrees from Cambridge University in the UK (M.A., M.B., B. Chir.) where he was a scholar at Corpus Christi College. Following a residency at the University of British Columbia he became a Royal College certified general pathologist (FRCPC) and also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP).”

    “He is in good Standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and has been recognized by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta as an expert in pathology.”


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