PM says bar operators must be vaccinated in order to reopen

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne says bar operators who do not avail themselves of the COVID-19 vaccine will not be allowed to operate.

He said the requirement may be criticised for being draconian but that it is necessary to protect the population.

Bars and gyms have been ordered closed since March 15, 2021. Browne reiterated his view that gatherings at bars contribute greatly to the spread of COVID-19.

The Prime Minster made his remarks while addressing the slow in momentum of the island’s vaccination programme.

He told Pointe FM that while some 200 persons were vaccinated at the public market today, the slow in momentum was expected.

So far, close to 29,000 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Prime  Minister says he is confident the island will reach the 40,000 mark.

Browne advised residents that they should avail themselves of the vaccine as it may be a requirement based on the nature of their work and the things they want to do.

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  1. STOP FORCING PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED!

    IF I WERE THE BAR OWNERS I WOULD SUE! WHAT ANTIGUA NEEDS IS THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO SUE THE GOVERNMENT AND A PRODUCTIVE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT WORKS!

    BECAUSE ALL OF THIS FORCING PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED IS WRONG.

    ITS A MEDICAL CHOICE. A PERSONAL CHOICE AND MEDICAL INFORMATION CANNOT BE DIVULDGED.

    YOU CANNOT ASK A PERSON THEIR MEDICAL INFORMATION? IF THEY HAVE A DISEASE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT
    IN ANY OTHER CIVILIZED COUNTRY THIS IS AGAINST THE LAW.
    BUT ANTIGUA IS SO BACKWARDS UP TO TODAY!

    I WOULD SAY AGAINST THE LAW BUT ANTIGUA HAS NO LAW! IT’S A DICTATORSHIP.

    STOP STOP STOP FORCING PEOPLE TO BE VACCINATE.

    THERE ARE SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH ASTRAZENECA. MOST OF EUROPE HAVE STOPPED USING IT. AMERICA NEVER APPROVED IT AND ANTIGUA IS FORCING PEOPLE TO TAKE IT.

    NOT TO MENTION THE VACCINES ANTIGUA IS GETTING FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE. RUSSIA? CHINA?! SMH

    Johnson &Johnson COULDNT GET APPROVABLE IN THE US. THEY HAD TO GO AND COME AGAIN. NOW ITS APPROVED AND IN JUST A BIT OVER A MONTH, ISSUES ARE DISCOVERED AND ITS NOT BEING USED ANYMORE UNTIL THE CONCERNS ARE ADDRESS.

    ANTIGUA NEEDS TO PROTECT ITS PEOPLE

    STOP STOP STOP STOP FORCING THE VACCINE. IT’S A CHOICE.

    THE GOVERNMENT CERTAINLY CANNOT SAY THAT FOR PEOPLE IN BARS TO OPEN UP AND MAKE A LIVELYHOOD THEY NEED TO BE VACCINATED…

    WAS A VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR THE CHURCHES TO OPEN BACK UP? WAS A VACCINATION REQUIRED BY THE BUS DRIVERS TO DRIVE ??? FOR BANK EMPLOYEES ??? SO SOME BUT NOT ALL?? IT CANNOT BE A REQUIREMENT
    YOU CAN ENCOURAGE BUT NOT REQUIRE.

    IT SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED PERIOD!

    BOY WHAT A LAWSUIT IN ANY OTHER COUNTY … SMH

    WELL I GUESS IF ANTIGUANS ACCEPT IT THEN THEY ARE FINE WITH IT.

    IVE SEEN ANTIGUA ACCEPT SO MANY THINGS DURING THIS COVID PANDEMIC WITH THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED AND NO ONE BUT THE J TRUTH GUY SPOKE OUT! ONE SINGLE MAN… SMH AND PEOPLE HAD THE WORLD TO SAY ABOUT HIM.

    A BUNCH OF COWARDS ANTIGUANS ARE!

    STOP STOP FORCING PEOPLE TO TAKE THE VACCINE.

    IT IS A MEDICAL CHOICE

    • Ms Meyer!

      You said are on point! Antiguans accept anything. The prime minister didn’t even take that vaccine .. other countries has their leaders taking the vaccine at the beginning and this leader run off and take one that is approved in America but the one NOT approve he is giving to people and forcing on them .

  2. Why is the PM forcing people to take a vaccine that’s still in the experimental phase? Doesn’t he realize many European countries have suspended the use of the Astra Zenica shot to investigate the unusual blood clots that have
    been occurring? Is he going to go back on his word and mandate this vaccine on the entire population?

  3. Avatar LoL it may be criticised as been Draconian ? How much worst can it get when you don't know yourself Answer a lot

    It was just a matter of time before they got to this . You’re gonna force people to take a vaccine that you as leader of the country didn’t take .
    You’re gonna force citizens to to take a vaccine that many countries have stopped using completely or paused .
    Denmark is one of the latest countries to stop using Astrazeneca .

  4. Hey Mr PM #BarLivesMatter. Hope this is a tongue in cheek statement like the one about the Vincenrians cause such an approach defies all logic. If the proprietor of any business must be vaccine then you cannot be selective with your policy and still want to say vaccination is not mandatory. Come on man!!!!!!! I hope this is just your thinking and not one that was informed by your medical advisers.

  5. PM like he on a quest to become more unpopular with the people. Ah Wag Ah Gwaan Behind Closed doors….you promise Harold d leadership position ah Wah? Cause me no understand dem kind ah thinking yah and if ah so dem around you tink den UPP has to be the alternative.

  6. JUST SAYING for the first time you have said something that makes sense. The Prime Minister’s statement is nonsensical. As you rightly said are the operators more likely than the patrons to be the spreaders of the disease?

  7. That was the first time I have been disappointed with our PMs comments. Normally he makes good sense even though sometimes he can be a bit rough.

    Besides the forcing aspect of the vaccine and the individual rights to ones own body, the question is, what will forcing vaccine on the bar owners do? If the bar owners and even employees are vaccinated, they can still catch COVID and can still transmit it according all the reports from CDC AND WHO. Hence if bartenders become exposed, they can contract the virus and take it to their homes and circles. So what did we accomplish? The only thing, the bartenders should not become seriously sick but persons whom they pass it too could still become seriously I’ll.

    I know the PM is anxious to open the country fully but Antigua cannot be immune by itself because once the country is open, there are new variants that will show up. This is why they never had a vaccine for the common flu, it mutates all the time.

    We are aware that persons have had serious effects from the vaccines, including death. Who will be responsible if you force someone into it and they develop serious side effects? I also have a burning question, why is a COVID test so expensive but the vaccine is free?

    Disclaimer, I am not anti-vac and I dont encourage anyone to take or not to take the vaccine.

  8. THINK FIRST your comment has me cracking up. Then again with our Prime Minister you never know although that would be clearly unlawful and perhaps even unconstitutional.

    • @Charles Tabor…mr. legal beagle, for the sake of the Nation, its stability and ability to deal with this global crisis, you already know ain’t one damn thing the present PM Gaston Browne can do, to stop the #MANDATORY roll out of these vaccines, to bring the perception of normalcy back to the Nation.
      Although many will argue about the semantics of ‘mandatory,’ as it’s whether it Constitutional or legal Companies and governments will set and adapt policies to make you take the vaccines.
      It’s no different than traveling to certain Nations etc which mandates, that you must be vaccinated to enter.

      Neither you nor Harold Lovell can stop the roll out of these vaccines.

      Now, as an attorney I’m sure you can find several cases of employers demanding, that employees be vaccinated. Pro bono work is still legal. File some charges in the Courts to defend your argument(s) regarding the requirements to be vaccinated.

      R U tun ebrie ting inna de Political Mulberry Bush, fu get political mileage.
      Me sure U dun tek fu U vaccine!

  9. What utter bullshit is this? Never believed that this revelation would have been made so soon. I was almost sure this draconian was going to come someday but not so soon. All my previous commentaries on this same platform did infer that this is where the world was heading. There are many who chastised me for many things I wrote because they refused to use their visionary capacity to perceive what was happening and forthcoming.
    This whole medical, political masquerade of covid-19 is more far reaching than the simple minds can comprehend. The Global authoritarian magnates with a nefarious agenda has outstretched their filthy hands touching our own local political figureheads!
    The global vaccination agenda is real! It’s real because many have submitted and accepted it.

    For more than a year many of our fellow citizens have been under serious duress, been Displaced from their jobs, businesses and even homes because of this orchestrated pandemic.their are many who refuse to look at the bigger picture of this global totalitarian facade. These political power houses and bureaucratic devil’s are hijacking the freedom and power of choice of our people. It’s happening because we allow it to. We subject our wills to the orders of these heartless people! ..

    Our learned Prime Minister is obviously living up to his Hitler inherited tendencies. I am so disappointed in his unbridled gusto and raw ‘bullyism’ to actually tell the public that Bars and entertainment venues will not be open unless employers/employees are vaccinated! Are you out of your mind Mr. Prime Minister? Has Hitler been resurrected? Has their been a luciferic exorcism of which I am not aware? Is our Prime Minister and cohorts saying that ‘people cannot eat, live, pay their bills, care for family, be housed and work if not vaccinated?’ this in essence is what this dictatorial narrative is saying. For real? Like really?

    Well Antiguans let’s see where this is going to go. How this will play out? We are too damn weak and acceptive to every shit that is handed out to us. No one other than J truth has taken up the mantle to publicly decry what is happening. I have been persistent in my writings on this platform and Facebook, trying to keep people aware of the truth and the deception and the ills of this clinically untried vaccine. Some have cursed me and lambased me but I don’t care. Many of you have not even taken the time to read and share the information you have received. But we sit on our complacent asses waiting for things to change and happen! Well this is what we get for not standing up and fighting for our God given rights!

    It’s not too late….let’s sound the horn, blow the trumpets, take the streets, and demand justice. Demand our right to choose and to live free lives. Let’s save ourselves now and the generations after!!

    • ” Marc C “well written a good read ! Who really advises this guy NOBODY ? or he just speaks off the cuff and say whatever comes in his mind .

    • @MarkC…

      …nothing, as in #No #Thing!
      …’tis, the only thing which happens by mistake!
      …for, as #Time is left in its wake!
      …all others are by design, default, destiny!

  10. We, as a people need to be responsible with the CHOICES we are given….. However, since we are facing a pandemic and everyone’s life is at a risk, it be great to know what are the antivaxers proposing as an tangible alternative to the vaccine so that nation can reached herd immunity?

    • ALL people who have succumbed to the global flu (covid-19) had low vitamin D levels. There isn’t really a flu ‘season’… actually it’s a vitamin D deficiency season during the time of year when sun exposure is lowest.

      What is a tangible alternative to the vaccine so that nation can reached herd immunity?
      IT IS VITAMIN D3.

  11. Again, yet again and again just like any #CrossRoad which you come to in life, there resides the #Swastika which the Oligarchs, plutocrats and Medium’s through their henchfolks the #Media and #politicians will tell you it’s EVIL, so that you don’t and won’t question their reasoning beyond your nose, so too, is the BUSINESS of this epidemic known as COVID-19 which mutated into a pandemic and keeps mutating into various versions of the PLANDEMIC, again my good educated, law abiding, nattering nabobs, legal beagles you already know COVID-19 is a business venture controlled by those said oligarchs, plutocrats, medium’s and managed by their henchfolks politicians and mass media whose policies say, “do as I say, not as I do!”

    #VACCINES for the alleged return to b normalcy is MANDATORY.

    HIPPA etc is obsolete in regards to being discreet regarding divulging your medical records to the public.

  12. You cannot forced anyone to take any Vaccines.The Bar owners need to get together as one group.File a class action lawsuit against Gaston Browne.In his personal capacity and as Prime Minister of Antigua.How could he thinks.He had the authority to force persons to take something.They do not want to take.That is the sign.That he thinks he owns us on that Plantation known as Gaston Land.

  13. Hey #Bloke as soon you used that word ((ANTIVAXERS) we know where you stand with the pharmaceutical companies that word was created by them so Bluddy+Bloke you and Fuhrer Browne can take my vaccine.

  14. Who the hell does dictator traitor Gaston think he is that he can force people to take vaccines? The imbecile has forgotten he works for the people NOT the other way around. No one will ever force me to take a foreign substance and shove it into my body. Dictator traitor Gaston doesn’t own me or my body and that jackass will never force me to do anything I don’t want to.

    This garbage, dictator traitor Gaston must be voted out of office and never be allowed to run in politics again. All the jackass is concerned about is his creative enrichment schemes and at any cost to us. He thinks we were born to be his financial slaves. He couldn’t be any further from the truth.

    No one in their right mind, unless they getting favors from dictator traitor Gaston would ever want this jackass representing us or our country and there are a few of those on this site who are getting such.

    Dictator traitor Gaston is a complete disgrace to our nation and our people.

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