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Thursday, Aug 05, 2021

COVID vaccines not mandatory for healthcare workers

COVID vaccines not mandatory for healthcare workers

Though they are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, it is not mandatory for local healthcare workers to take the COVID-19 vaccines recently donated by the United Kingdom.
Starting today February 11, the government will start inoculating the population with the 8,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Health Minister Carvin Malone and Governor John Rankin have indicated they will be among the first to take jabs.

But the Health Minister told our centre that it is still voluntary for healthcare workers.

The government has already announced that the healthcare workers and law enforcement workers will be given first priority during the inoculation campaign.

And the general public is being urged to take the shots as a possible way to prevent the spread of the virus as well as the deaths and economic turmoil that results from a COVID-19 outbreak.

But local leaders have always stressed that they will respect the decisions of those who don’t wish to be vaccinated.

The government is currently carrying out an attitude survey to determine the general public’s feelings towards the COVID-19 vaccine which was developed in under a year.

The results have not yet been released.

Despite the millions of lives the COVID-19 virus has claimed all over the world, countries are hesitant to make it mandatory for certain groups of people or workers since many people are anti-vaccination because of religious, historical, or other personal reasons.

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