Mandatory vaccination for tourism workers as Dominica prepares for the return of cruise ship

Cruise ship berthed in Dominica

As Dominica prepares for the return of the cruise ships which officials say will commence in June 2021, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that his government will amend the certification criteria to include vaccination for those involved in the sector.

According to the Prime Minister, these measures need to be implemented for the safety of both visitors and locals and to grow the economy back to the place it once was.

“Similar to how the food handlers license is done, that you have to go and do a tuberculosis test etc, before you can get the food handlers license and for good reason… if you want  our bank account to start receiving  income in the manner in which we were receiving it in 2019.”

The Prime Minister also stated that along with the new protocols which will be put in place for tourism and hospitality workers, adjustments will also be made for cruise passengers wishing to explore the island.

“You cannot be a tour guide and not want to get vaccinated, because the person who is going to want you to take them to Titou Gorge and Trafalgar Falls and the boiling lake, they are going to want to know that you are vaccinated because they are going to want to protect themselves,” he reasoned. “And they are going  to demand that they will only go on a tour with people who are vaccinated and the person  would have a right to demand so.”

Skerrit further noted that vendors who will be in daily contact with visitors would need that added “amour of defence with the vaccine” and further emphasized the importance of those in the hospitality and tourism sector getting vaccinated.

“So, it is important for us to recognize that we have to set aside all these things we read on YouTube and Facebook and all these social media platforms. It is  important for us to read those things, but we need to understand what we are reading to comprehend what we are reading  and to understand what is in our best interest,” the prime minister said.

Skerrit admitted that this comes with risks, “but we have to recognize the need for us to get back to a state of normalcy.”

But he gave the assurance that his government had not taken the decision lightly and had done so in consultation with the cruise lines, regional counterparts and stakeholders in Dominica.

Benoit Bardouille. File photo.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille, has outlined the new measures that will be put in place for the arrival of cruise passengers to the island this summer.

“During the summer when we will be getting ships from June, we will have to do a couple of things, we will have a new health screening area on the pier, when the people come off the vessel, they will be screened, only persons that are going on pre-sold tours.” Bardouille said on the DBS Radio Talking Point programme last week.

The DASPA CEO explained that in the past, passengers could walk off the ships and go into the city on their own journeys but now, only those with pre-sold tours or organized tours will be allowed to go on tours to COVID-certified areas.

According to Bardouille, cruise passengers will be allowed to come off the vessels at scheduled times based on the tours that they are taking and they will have to be screened by health officials.

He said those who don’t meet the requirements, will be ordered to return to the ship.

Bardouille went on to say that the port will establish a safe zone so that people who come off the ship and are not able to go on the pre-sold tours, will be allowed to remain within that zone.

“So, on the Bayfront [Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard], we are going to establish a safe zone so that vendors, braiders will be allowed to operate their businesses within those areas with certain guidelines…the whole setting is going to be different,” he stated.

He said there will be restrictions on taxi drivers as well, as the only individuals who will be taking visitors on tours are pre-sold tours and described as “a thing of the past,” the practice by some taxi drivers of of visiting the port,  and hanging around in the hope of getting a tour from a visitor who wanders off.

He made it clear that the only individuals that would be taking visitors on tours are pre-sold tours.

Prime Minister Skerrit has also said that his government will be announcing a number of protocols for fully vaccinated visitors and citizens.

“There is the expectation that we will reduce the quarantine period for people who are fully vaccinated.”

Meanwhile the prime minister has reiterated a call to members of the public to get vaccinated.

“Let us get vaccinated, that is an important armour in our defense against Covid-19,” he encouraged. “Where the cruise ship industry is concerned, we need to ensure that we get vaccinated.”

He said he is confident that together, the people of Dominica can make it work, “and we can continue to make the right decisions as we have done in the past year to keep our families, our communities and country safe.”

Dominica is expected to welcome its first cruise ship on June 6, 2021, since the restriction imposed because of COVID-19.

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60 Comments

  1. domnik
    May 13, 2021

    During the last few years, all the big pharma companies selling this poison, have ALL been condemned to pay billions of dollars for bribery….

  2. nath
    May 13, 2021

    Studies are clear. Proof is there :
    you can still get the disease with the “vaccine”.
    People are dying massively with this poison.
    you have more chances to get the disease with the “vaccine”.
    Do you see what is happening is Seychelles ?
    DO you want to end up like them ?
    Will you accept that blackmail ?
    If you want to work and get money, take a chance to die !!!
    This injection GIVES covid-19.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/13/seychelles-most-vaccinated-nation-on-earth-but-covid-19-has-surged.html

  3. black sheep
    May 13, 2021

    What a horrible shame !
    This is genocide.
    I never thought Dominica could end so low.
    You don’t see what’s happening ?
    “vaccine” is NOT a vaccine
    “vaccine” kills people
    “vaccine” is still under experimentation on people for 2 more years
    “vaccine” gives terrible side effects
    How come it can be mandatory for a disease that keeps people healthy with nothing for 99.9 % of the PEOPLE WHO GET IT !!!
    Imaging, the disease is so serious that you need a test to know if you have it !!!
    Do you need a test when you have a cold ?
    What a BIG BIG SHAME to put that mandatory;
    What a dramatic scam. This is the most terrible threat since beginning of humanity.
    What is the future ? Very scary.
    Congrats to those African countries who refuse to obey the big reset and Kill Gates rules.
    Don’t you see the goal is to eradicate massively ?
    Only sheeps and idiots will die. What will remain are the smarts and brave ones.
    What a sad sad world.
    People ,are you going to accept…

    • Auditor
      May 16, 2021

      …all you still love your Prime Minister. Kick him out of his palace, the same palace you all paying for.

  4. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 13, 2021

    Anti-vaxers are against all vaccines, period. Many who espouse reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccines are quite willing to be vaccinated for other diseases. Whatever their reluctance it seems to be based primarily on misinformation and Cookoo science. They refer to arbitrary videos and other information picked up on the internet from dubious, fly-by-night sources. Main stream media like Reuters, AP news, BBC, and others bring unbiased information, and that’s what I personally go with. Anti-vaxers, the real ones, can’t be easily convinced to take vaccines, however those who have allowed themselves to be led astray on Covid-19, can still be made to see the error of their decisions. I will still respect their right to their decision even if I know that they are wrong. Scientific reasoning proves that when hundreds of millions of people take the vaccine over 7 months and there are very few bad outcomes, then the vaccines are safe.

  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 13, 2021

    BS: the vaccine seems to be very effective, because of the people getting vaccinated; in America the death ratio has fallen, less people are hospitalized.
    There are more death among the young, than people over sixty, and eighty years old! The reason the young are dying is because they refuse to be vaccinated there is another grope of people, Black  who fear vaccinating because of mistrust based the history of experimentation where they used syphilis on Black men in the 1940’s.
     Keep in mind the COVID-19 is mutating, the variances are more deadly; easily contracted; the vaccines however, are protecting against the variances, If you are afraid of the vaccines, have confidence in the one called Modenna; that vaccine is invented by:
    “Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, a 34 year old Black virologist who develop Moderna’s vaccine, received her first dose of the coronavirus on Dec. 31st 2020.

    Corbett told CNN she wants to rebuild trust between Black Americans.”

  6. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 13, 2021

    @Question Everything, I for one have and continue to educate myself on the “past” history of some vaccines by some white folks. I also know that today one white man, Bill Gates, is spending his personal money to bring medicines to parts of Africa to try and eradicate long entrenched diseases. I don’t dwell in the past and have to remain where I am because of past horrendous events. Neither does it mean that because of past events we should only make decisions to remain frozen in time and space. In the past when our ancestors worked for the white man he sold some of us off, so you mean you won’t work for a white man now because of that history? Get with the modern program as the world is moving forward despite there are still racially motivated issues. There is more transparency and more blacks are represented in the decision making processes so your fear is I’ll placed.

    • Question Everything
      May 13, 2021

      @jonathan. Sadly, you’re deluded. When all is revealed, then you can comment. In the meantime, those so-called indoctrinated (sorry, I meant educated) are the least informed. Please wake up open your eyes and educate yourself. I really can’t believe that you can’t see what’s going on. But it’s your argument about Gates using his own money to eradicate (sorry, I meant save) the masses, is when my conversation with you has to end.

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 13, 2021

    @Lifeanddeath, what you don’t seem to understand is that in the soup called the population, there are other categories besides anti-vaxers and those who will rationally decide to take the vaccine. Those who will take the vaccine can be broken down into different sub groups as far as willingness to take the vaccine meaning that different levels of persuasion will be need. I don’t see a big issue with the governments ongoing efforts to encourage those with hesitancy and those who procrastinate. Hesitancy doesn’t imply outright denial like the anti-vaxers, it means there is need for more information to erase doubts. Since anti-vaxers don’t carry around a badge to identify them the authorities have to make every effort to reach the hesitant ones and others who just want to procrastinate for whatever reasons. I respect your right to make your decisions. I hope you are not anti-passport or anti-drivers license too.

  8. TsadaqYah
    May 12, 2021

    Capor. Death is inevitable if you even know the meaning of the word.

  9. Natzar
    May 12, 2021

    Never Has a Vaccine Injured so Many: Israeli People`s Committee Report of Deaths and Injuries following the Pfizer Experimental COVID Shots
    Source: – https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/never-has-a-vaccine-injured-so-many-israeli-peoples-committee-report-of-deaths-and-injuries-following-the-pfizer-experimental-covid-shots/

  10. Anson D. Pantz
    May 12, 2021

    I did not think it possible that there would be a greater percentage of idiots in Dominica than there are in the U$A.

    1. Coronaviruses are real.
    2. The vaccines are safe and effective.

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    • BS
      May 12, 2021

      If the vaccine is so effective why force people to get it? Everybody who is afraid of a virus with a less than 1% Infection Fatality Rate for healthy people under the age of 60 are free to get themselves vaccinated. https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/11/18/covid-infection-fatality-rates-sex-and-age-15163
      The rest of us should be free to assume the risks and not be forced to take a vaccine. And for those of you who think this will only be mandatory for one sector just watch as they start to roll this out to other areas once Dominicans roll over like sheep and let this happen

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      • Kimo
        May 12, 2021

        Not taking the vaccine is ok for yourself but you become a spreader if you contract the virus. It may not affect you but it may kill someone you come in contact with. So if you are in an industry where you come in contact with people it would be reckless to not get vaccinated.

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        • BS
          May 12, 2021

          Why would that person not have the vaccine? If someone contracts the virus it’s because they have not been vaccinated and have assumed the risk of being unvaccinated. If the argument is that people can still catch the virus or die from it even having the vaccine then what is the point of taking the vaccine?

        • Question Everything
          May 12, 2021

          Oh Please. You …… sheep!! Help me to decide whether to take the devil’s poisonous jab – what’s the ingredients?

          • Anson D. Pantz
            May 13, 2021

            Devil is mythology. From the white man’s religion of slavery.

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  11. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 12, 2021

    Anti- vaxers make up only about 15% of the population of every country. They are entitled to have their views. They are the loudest and think that their aggressive opposition makes their position right. Their reluctance will be hit the hardest by policies put in place to safeguard the entire population, especially visitors to the country and clients seeking to do business with government owned and controlled facilities and businesses. I wonder what they are going to do with such a responsible and necessary policy in place. No one is going to force them to take the safe vaccines and it will always be their choice and decision to expose themselves unprotected, to the deadly Corona virus. Sixty million Frenchmen couldn’t be wrong and so to the millions who have taken the vaccines. When they bottle up their arrogance and educate themselves they will be able to make money in the tourism industry. Empty barrels make the most noise.

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    • Question Everything
      May 12, 2021

      Sir, I think you need ti educated yourself about the history of vaccines on your race of people. Then comments.

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        May 13, 2021

        @Question Everything, I for one have and continue to educate myself on the “past” history of some vaccines by some white folks. I also know that today one white man, Bill Gates, is spending his personal money to bring medicines to parts of Africa to try and eradicate long entrenched diseases. I don’t dwell in the past and have to remain where I am because of past horrendous events. Neither does it mean that because of past events we should only make decisions to remain frozen in time and space. In the past when our ancestors worked for the white man he sold some of us off, so you mean you won’t work for a white man now because of that history? Get with the modern program as the world is moving forward despite there are still racially motivated issues. There is more transparency and more blacks are represented in the decision making processes so your fear is I’ll placed.

  12. The Slave Master
    May 12, 2021

    So according to Skerrit and Bad will, tour guides and vendors must be vaccinated. However they said nothing about taxi operators/ bus drivers. Are they required to get vaccinated as well?

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  13. Truth seeker
    May 11, 2021

    When you all gunna open your eyes see what it is. CV19 is the biggest scam in human history all deaths are gone down and covid death gone up with the same proportion. Why they are censoring Dr. Who exposed the scam? Why do have to be vaccinated for so call virus 99.8 recovery rate ? the thing is just a flu. The so call pcr test is not supposed to be used for infectious diseases according to the inventor GARRY Mullis. They rebrand the flu by changing diagnosis

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    • Jane Laurent
      May 13, 2021

      You talk utter rubbish! Come to the uk and see the difference between covid 19 and influenza.

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  14. BS
    May 11, 2021

    So we are at the point of mandating vaccines? The PM in all his great wisdom compares this to getting a test for food handlers license. Last I checked you didn’t have to get injected with some experimental MRNA treatment to be able to sell food.

    And all this for a virus with a less than 1% (less than 0.05 for some) for healthy people under the age of 60. https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/11/18/covid-infection-fatality-rates-sex-and-age-15163

    The mark of the beast system is progressing swiftly. Next will be vaccine passports to go everywhere then after that you will have to get the chip because you know everything goes digital after a while. And then you won’t be able to buy food, or sell or travel or do anything unless you take the 666 update.

    If we not waking up at this point I wonder when we will

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  15. Bwa-Banday
    May 11, 2021

    OK, so seeing tourists are going to be roaming our country why are you still intending to quarantine returning Dcans? Have the cabal not made enough money yet? Vaccinated people should not have to do no patat quarantine be it for one day or one minute. STOP coming rich on DCans! We agreed to quarantine upon return if we traveled out for the cause which has made some of you very rich but once people have vaccination cards let them in. Enough of that BS man. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: .

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  16. Lin clown
    May 11, 2021

    Lucclluuu,you are 100% right tell that to IBO,VIEWSEXPRESSED,FRANCISCO ODDS and JONATHAN.Spreaders of false information and fake news,LIARS.

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  17. Lin clown
    May 11, 2021

    Knew better what does PAHO,WHO and CDC say about the DEATH rate?With your high level of intelligence we want to know.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      May 12, 2021

      @Lin clown, the death rate is low because of medical interventions which cost a lot of money. But for the medical interventions a lot more people would have died. I would have preferred that the money spent on irresponsible people be put to better use to find cures for cancer and other diseases.

  18. DcaCitizen
    May 11, 2021

    You all to realized for vaccinated people even if you contract covid (much slimmer chance) you greatly reduce the chances of life threatening conditions, right? Also for those asking for testing of EVERY SINGLE passenger on the ship, will you provide the money for the resources as well as trained professionals to test the incredibly large amount of passengers that disembark? You know well you can test negative day 1 and get it day 14. To avoid and overload in the hospitals like in the case of India, measures are put in place. Allu must stop all the bad talk. If they just let things be it would be a whole attack on the government about why they letting them tourists galavant. I’m not a supporter for everything they do but watch the news guys and educate yourselves.

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  19. Channel 1
    May 11, 2021

    Get all you lawyers ready for Skerrit dem. Dem fellas want to force an EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE on you all. This is not like other vaccines which have had their fair share of sufficient time to run their course and their safety benefits & side effects verified.

    Ask Skerrit if he is sure there aren’t any medium-term and long term benefits of these recently-developed experimental COVID vaccines.

    Can somebody explain to me why is there such a vaccine desperation drive by the authorities for a virus in which 95% – 98% of those who are infected with it recover?

    Why is it the forces out there downplay the 90% plus recovery rates to COVID 19 and hype up the death rate (which ranges about 2-4% of all recorded infections)?

    As of May 11, 2021 from the WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard:

    COVID-19 case fatality rate: (3,299,764 deaths / 158,651,638 confirmed cases) x 100 = 2.08%

    GET ALL YOU LAWYERS READY TO DEAL WITH THESE PUPPETS & THEIR PUPPET-MASTERS.

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    • Channel 1
      May 11, 2021

      Correction to the 2nd paragraph in my post above: ***Ask Skerrit if he is sure there aren’t any medium-term and long term [side-effects] of these recently-developed experimental COVID vaccines.***

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  20. Love Da
    May 11, 2021

    No one should be force to put something in their body that they think going to cause harm.. Thats your religious right. Remember people that is your life and it does not belongs to the stupid people the governing our beautiful country but yourself. Don’t take it because you might just be the unlucky one.

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  21. Man bite dogs
    May 11, 2021

    Too dam right no Vaccine no job, and that should also be extended to bus / taxi drivers and much more in the public service why the hell should those arrogant people put the rest of us lives at risk!!!

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    • Question Everything
      May 12, 2021

      And what exactly have you and many like you done to protect yourself from getting cancers, strokes and diabetes etc? Nothing I guess. And to think, you are more likely to die of those things more than the C19. C19 was invented for the vaccine. Wake up. The vaccine wasn’t invented for C19. Evil devils invert everything. Wake up!

  22. Luca Spark
    May 11, 2021

    Dominicans who rely on tourism have no choice but to be vaccinated, regardless of their personal health situation, their religion, and their generations-long held belief in living naturally and chemical-free. This is a fundamental breach of human rights (China-style) and should be referred to the United Nations.

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  23. Roger Burnett
    May 11, 2021

    Presumably the Bay Front “Safe Zone” will be closed to non-vaccinated Dominicans and residents on cruise ship days, along with Titou Gorge, Trafalgar Falls and other visitor destinations.

    The resumption of cruise ship visits at this point in time will largely benefit the cruise ship companies and their financiers. To facilitate rescuing their investment we risk losing all we have gained in warding off the pandemic.

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    • My Little take
      May 12, 2021

      So @ Roger Burnet and others, do you guys really expect the country to be locked down forever? I mean you guys must be real and reasonable. The world has been affected and infected by covid-19 for over a year now. Dominica is part of the world. So we can run for a while but cat hide forever. People need to come in and go out with their lives. At this time the best we can do is take the vaccine and trust God for our protection and move on. I don’t believe using a mask is totally safe and healthy, but I use it because it gives some protection. I don’t believe it is fair for Dominicans to pay for quarantine, but I do it. Similarly I don’t believe the vaccine gives 100% protection but that’s the best the world can do now. In life there are risks and so too with the vaccine. But people cannot stay in lockdown forever.

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      • Roger Burnett
        May 12, 2021

        My little take is that many countries throughout the world must be envious of Dominica. A small island with limited access is the safest place to be at this point in time.

        A year ago there was the promise of a “new normal”. This I welcomed, for to my mind the “old normal” was beyond its sell by date. Perhaps God felt the same.

        For Dominica the new normal could mean our reviving our agricultural potential and catering for niche tourism rather than mass tourism. It may also mean spending less time clocking up unnecessary air miles to attend unnecessary meetings. In this respect I give the Prime Minister credit: he hasn’t left the island for over a year.

        But the end of the day it seems that the vision of a new normal will just be a rehashing of the old normal with the prospect of mandatory repeated vaccines for every new variant.

      • Question Everything
        May 12, 2021

        Yiur words ‘Take the vaccine and Trust God’ shouldn’t be in the same sentence! It should be one or the other. Waje up.

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  24. Skerro
    May 11, 2021

    I can’t believe these educated fools even you take the vaccine you can still get covid but alk you so behind time why not everyone get tested before getting out of ship tebai so tou sort all will soon tell people what color I don’t know to wear monkeys

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  25. The Calabash
    May 11, 2021

    Well, I am pleased and proud with how Dominica has responded to this crisis. Will visit my hometown this June, to lend my support and to getaway. It is surely my expectation that the quarantine period will be reduced for vaccinated visitors. Barbados has already implemented the changes. It is vital that this change be made soon, as it will influence the types of accommodations that visitors will book.

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  26. LifeandDeath
    May 11, 2021

    First place to take them on a Tour of the College. Lest we forget.
    If the Teachers and students don’t get sick from that, then Corona is a joke.

    If those vaccines work, there should be 0 concern from the tourists who should have already been vaccinated. They pose no Harm to the Tour guides and Vice Versa..
    After all, isn’t that the point of the vaccine.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      May 12, 2021

      Anti- vaxers make up only about 15% of the population of every country. They are entitled to have their views. They are the loudest and think that their aggressive opposition makes their position right. Their reluctance will be hit the hardest by policies put in place to safeguard the entire population, especially visitors to the country and clients seeking to do business with government owned and controlled facilities and businesses. I wonder what they are going to do with such a responsible and necessary policy in place. No one is going to force them to take the safe vaccines and it will always be their choice and decision to expose themselves unprotected, to the deadly Corona virus. Sixty million Frenchmen couldn’t be wrong and so to the millions who have taken the vaccines. When they bottle up their arrogance and educate themselves they will be able to make money in the tourism industry. Empty barrels make the most noise.

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      • LifeandDeath
        May 12, 2021

        @JY St. Jean.
        Your statement is particularly set-up to defeat its very own intended purpose but before explaining why, let me debunk a very treacherous Myth about this particular Vaccination drive.
        1.) Not all persons trying to rationalize the purpose of this Vaccine is an Anti-Vaxer. There are Vaccine developers who warn against it. So far there is evidence of many unintended/unexpected results; and even death. Therefore there is legitimate concern for all persons beyond the 15%.
        The Anti-vaxer sentiments as regards to COVID-19 is used to conjure sympathy for the persons who are pushing the vaccine and those who mindlessly comply.
        2.) “Anti- Vaxers make up only about 15% of the population of every country”; Assuming that we can agree on basic Maths, then15% from 100% leaves 85%, so where exactly is the resistance. The Governments in any country should have no problem getting 85% Vaccination compliance.
        So probably the issue is not about Anti-Vaxers at all like u originally…

  27. lol
    May 11, 2021

    Im convinced that all these people are fools and their time in office needs to be cut short. Is a wonder the Minister for Tourism didnt have her two cents to add to put the icing of the cake of nonsense.

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  28. If we knew better
    May 11, 2021

    THis is complete absolute nonsense. Regular PCR tests should be an alternative. The testing procedures are fast and will inform individuals (WITH DOCUMENTATION) that they are COVID free. The issue is whether you have COVID-19 or not. It public knowledge that EVEN AFTER I RECIEVE THE VACCINE, I CAN STILL GET AND GIVE THE VIRUS!!!! That is publicly stated on both the W.H.O and PAHO websites as well as the CDC websites. So this insistance of getting vaccine, why ? why ? when it has not been thoroughly tsted for an adequate period of time? Why make it mandatory when PCR tests are readily available to show whether you have it or not.
    Whats funny is that if i get COVID, and take the vaccine, i’ll still have COVID. and i can still spread it. making it completely useless. So i take the shot. i meet my group of tourists and show them the card that says i took the shot, then i give them the virus, or they give me the virus. Skerrit has a bigger agenda here at play. There is no law to madate

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    • Lucclluuu
      May 11, 2021

      The premise with the vaccine is that it lessens the chances of you dying….so if you do contract covid after getting that vaccine, your symptoms should be mild and you hopefully won’t die.

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      • BS
        May 11, 2021

        That’s not what was said in the article. If that’s the whole point of the vaccine then it is pointless because if you are a healthy person under the age of 60 you have a very low chance of dieing from this disease. What is the point of injecting yourself with some experimental thing that is known to have created fatal side effects in several people already

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      • LifeandDeath
        May 12, 2021

        They also say that 99% of the people who contract CoVID will survive, even before the Vaccines were available..The vast majority of the infected are already “Asyptomatic”..
        I still can’t see the point of Worldwide vaccination..

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      • smart
        May 12, 2021

        That is obvious!!!! We are fully aware of that. The point at hand is. Getting vaccinated doesn’t prevent the spread of the virus.

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    • SmarterThanYou
      May 11, 2021

      EXACTLYY!!!! These people have no sense!

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  29. derp
    May 11, 2021

    open up the ferry service too, while you are at it, I hope you’ll realize those ships don’t just stop in one port xD. So a stop in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados etc

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  30. smh
    May 11, 2021

    i hope is mandatory vaccinated tourist too. if is sot all u sot

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    • En BA LA
      May 11, 2021

      @SMH “… if is sot all u sot”
      You see the garbage – you all are redefining the meaning of SOT. The problem with you all is that you all do or did not know when to BOW OUT therefroe you all are left with the garbage mentality.

      READ! VACCINATION PASSPORTS. There is an airline that has vaccination passport for flying. This is what is being pushed.

      Can Dominica afford to have a variant of the COVID-19? Who will develop the vaccines – are you availing yourself to be a guinea pig for the UNETHICAL BIOTECH people.

      When people are trying to protect you all – yoiu all need to listen and stop beeing fools.

      Have you looked at countries who have all the money and ammenities what happens when COVID strikes.

      There are people who are out there LOBBYING for people who had COVID to take what you call MEDICAL BOARD OFF. They are not able to WORK anymore – NO AGE BARRIER.
      “When your Neighbors beard is fire WET yours.”

      Les barbe camawad’ou pwi difey wos’ey…

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      • BS
        May 11, 2021

        What next? You have to have your vaccine passport to enter a store and buy food? That is amazing to me that in a “christian” nation more people don’t have their eyes open and see where all this stuff is headed. We’re doing all of this for a disease that has a less than 1% Infection Fatality Rate for most people under the age of 60 https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/11/18/covid-infection-fatality-rates-sex-and-age-15163
        This is crazy

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        • Jonathan Y St Jean
          May 12, 2021

          @BS, answer this question. We have to have our children vaccinated before they are admitted to school, where does “rights” come in with that. We are to have passports to travel and drivers license to operate a vehicle on the public street, so where is the “right”. Scientists had been working on Corona viruses before the Covid-19 virus thus they were able to come up with a vaccine quicker than in the past. The vaccine will not cure the Covid-19 virus just as the flu vaccine people get every year doesn’t cure the flu virus, but it saves lives and reduces deaths. I don’t know what is so hard to understand. However, you are free to make your own decisions, and I respect your right not to take the vaccine. The government is responsible for the majority of citizens and has to make decisions to protect the majority. The mainstream media is responsible that’s why responsible people get news from them not from all dubious fly-by-night videos and postings from unknown persons.

      • smart
        May 12, 2021

        The point at hand is forcing persons to take the vaccine! We are all fully aware of the dangers of covid-19. It can kill you! Every should have a choice to get the vaccine. It should not be mandatory!! We are still a democratic country! One the cruise passenger is vaccinated, they should already feel confident and safe that even if they get the virus, they will not die, because this is the purpose of taking the vaccine.

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        • Jonathan Y St Jean
          May 14, 2021

          @smart, is it only the Covid-19 vaccines that you have a problem with when it comes to government regulations? The government says that you have to have a plan to build a house on your own land. I guess you don’t have a right when it comes to that. The government says that you can’t be drunk and operate a motor vehicle, I guess you don’t have a right when it comes to that, considering you are putting the alcohol in your own body. There are so many other things that governments mandate for the good order of society and you don’t complain or forcefully demand your rights, that it makes me wonder why all of a sudden you have found your voice, and your right when it comes to the vaccine in areas where the government has control of, like public amenities. Get with the program and stop this high and mighty adolescent resistance. You aren’t being forced to take anything but if you want to work in the tourism industry you must follow the rules.

  31. God have mercy on us
    May 11, 2021

    “You cannot be a tour guide and not want to get vaccinated, because the person who is going to want you to take them to Titou Gorge and Trafalgar Falls and the boiling lake, they are going to want to know that you are vaccinated because they are going to want to protect themselves,” he reasoned. “And they are going to demand that they will only go on a tour with people who are vaccinated and the person would have a right to demand so.

    Hon PM people who are fully vaccinated could still spread the virus. Therefore getting vaccinated doesn’t stop the virus from spreading. The vaccinated cruise passenger can give the virus to the vaccinated tour guide operator.

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    • Mike
      May 11, 2021

      Let me understand this, the Dominican Seafarers who transport all Dominica Agricultural and manufactured products to its regional markets making it the only productive sector bringing in millions per month are left to rot on their vessels for 7 days with no contact with their families for 12 long months telling them that’s the protocol now you changing the protocol so tourist can tour the island while Dominican seafarers stay on their boats. Sounds like vaccinated seafarers needs to take legal action and put an injunction on this new protocol if they can’t leave the port on the same day as the Tourist.

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