British Virgin Islands

Monday, Apr 19, 2021

Employers allegedly pressuring workers to take COVID vaccine?

Employers allegedly pressuring workers to take COVID vaccine?

Reports that some local employers are pressuring their workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine have been making the rounds on various social media platforms.
According to the allegations, some employers have “given workers” ultimatums – saying they won’t be able to work unless they take the COVID-19 jabs.

Our news centre contacted Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley who indicated that he hasn’t received any such claims.

And Executive Director of The British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association’s (BVICCHA), Keiyia George said the organisation normally investigates issues once they are reported by members.

However, she said no complaints have been lodged by members, although she admitted to seeing the allegations on social media. Georges also said the BVICCHA hasn’t ascertained whether the allegations are true.

Local champions of the COVID-19 vaccines say the territory will be able to explore the full reopening of the economy once 80 per cent of the population takes the COVID-19 vaccine.

But many residents have indicated their unwillingness to take vaccines which gained approval in under a year.

Since COVID-19 hit the BVI in early 2020, the economy has been hampered significantly; especially with the partial shutdown of tourism on which many residents depend to earn a living.
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