Our children need education not vaccination say picketers

Additional police officers had to be summoned to order picketers who gathered outside the Ministry of Education on Tuesday morning to vacate the premises. About 200 people came out to register their concern regarding a government mandate to have all children above the age of 12 vaccinated against Covid-19 before they can return to face-to-face classes.  

Those gathered said that education is a right and not a privilege and should not be treated as such. In response, Education Minister Daryll Matthew said “as long as persons have received appropriate authorization and permission from law enforcement, I think our Constitution and our democracy gives us the right to protest in a lawful way. There are some persons who are clearly unhappy about certain things and they, I am assuming, applied for permission to have a picket, the permission was granted and the picket took place.” 

Matthew said approximately 6,000 of the 8,000 students who fall within the eligible age group to become vaccinated have already done so, which demonstrates wide acceptance of the government’s policy.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne also made brief remarks on the protest saying “they act at their own peril”. He maintained that his government is doing what is in the best interest of the people to keep them and the country safe.

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