The pressure is mounting for a change in policy regarding voluntary vaccination. With the rise in cases of infections and deaths, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fight off the Covid-19 virus without the weapon of vaccination. All around the world the response is the same: to win this war we must vaccinate our population. The difficult decision for governments is whether vaccination should be voluntary or mandatory.
Indonesia, at the moment, is the only country where vaccination is mandatory. In the rest of the world the jab is voluntary except in some countries, where the vaccination of health workers and caregivers has been made mandatory. Italy was the first country to make the vaccination of health workers mandatory, followed by France. In the rest of Europe, the mandatory route is being pursued for all health workers. Greece has set the timeline of 30th September for the compulsory vaccination of all health care workers. In the UK, starting October, it will become compulsory for nursing home operators.
Russia has ordered all workers with public-facing roles to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with companies given a month to ensure at least 60% of staff had received first doses, or they would face fines, or temporary closure, according to the English Guardian Newspaper today.
The need for a Covid-19 green pass, an indication that you have been vaccinated, is very likely to become commonplace, otherwise this Covid-19 war will preoccupy us for an indefinite period of time. Already, many people are battle-worn.
The Philip J Pierre administration has spoken of vaccination being voluntary, but this position may have to be amended, if not fully but in part, to avoid the country’s limited resources being sucked up in a war it cannot win without the weapon of vaccination being carried by 70-80% of the country’s population.
Soon local restaurants will only allow vaccinated patrons for a sit-down meal, something which the government may just tacitly endorse. While it is unlikely that the government will make a complete turn around and stipulate compulsory vaccinations, it will soon have to tacitly endorse the position of business houses and private indoor facilities demanding patrons be vaccinated. If countries with more resources than Saint Lucia are recognizing the urgent need to force vaccination in whatever way possible, without government stipulating it to be compulsory, then the case for us is even stronger to do the same. Over to you the private sector: protect your staff and patrons.