Vincentian Minister refusing to see unvaccinated people

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Frederick-Stephenson

Minister of Public Service, Consumer Affairs and Sports Frederick Stephenson announced on Thursday that he will not be seeing persons at his office, constituency office or home who are not fully vaccinated.

In an announcement on his Facebook page, Stephenson, who into his third five-year term as MP for South Windward, said: “Important Notice: As of today, June 10, I will not see anyone at my place of residence, or the constituency office in Biabou or the Office of the Ministry of the Public Service until you have your certificate of full vaccination”.

There was mixed reaction to the post which came a day before the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) indicated that there was a second wave of COVID-19 affecting the country.

Stephenson received some support, with some saying he had a right to protect himself, with one person further suggesting that unvaccinated persons who needed him could simply contact him by phone.

Audrey Gittens, a former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Housing, also welcomed the announcement, saying: “Good. The people voted for representation, that does not mean that you should encourage them to infect you with COVID-19 which could possibly kill you. No vote is worth your life.”

However, some commenters criticised Stephenson’s position, with Shakeila A. Charles describing it as “utter rubbish”.

She suggested that Stephenson could put such a requirement for visitors to his residence, “… but the Government office that the people voted to put you to represent them? Oh please.”

“Finding every means to force thus on people, eh? Well you won’t be seeing me,” added Ron Clarke, a former president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union.

On June 1, Minister of Health St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince said that 20 324 vaccines had been administered in the country — 13 902 being first doses, and 6 432 second doses.

Some 16 167 people in SVG had been fully vaccinated, he told the press conference, adding that the ministry’s surveillance team was working on providing the disaggregated data.

The Ministry had hoped to have administered 50 000 vaccines by this time.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I can understand that he entertains who he wants at his home, but he cannot determine who he sees in the public office. He is getting paid to work and unless there are laws to ban unvaccinated persons from public office, I think that is very out of order. It that what it has come to where any public servants can decide who they see in public office?

    I hope his constituents remember that when election comes around and ban him from coming close to the premise!

  2. I see man kind whipping off the face of the earth with the unknown of this vaccination …Not preventing from catching or spreading adding there are no study of side effect after a few years to Assure us of the it’s consistent benefits. Side effects so far-are blood clot, severe headache, heart attack, low sperm count, lost of ministration, lost of hair on the head, people ending up in ICU, body becomes magnetic and the list goes on these vaccine need to be studied for at least a few years on trail before issuing the last time I check it take at least 10-15 years to certify a vaccine science has proven to make a lot of errors and our bodies can’t reverse these errors so as much as we are concerned we need to be more assertive.

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