Protest in Antigua against vaccination for children 12 and over

Antiguans protesting the government’s policy on the vaccination of children on Nov 16, 2021

Over 300 residents in Antigua and Barbuda demonstrated against the government’s vaccination policy for children 12 years and older today.

Parents, as well as students, gathered outside the Ministry of Education Headquarters from as early as 7:30 this morning.

The Cabinet says that it does not intend to renege on its policy of having only vaccinated students on school compounds.

According to the Gaston Browne administration’s mandate, any secondary school student who has failed to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by this date shall not enter onto the premises of their Schools on Thursday November 11 2021, until vaccinated.

“They are a bunch of wicked devils. So, my child won’t get an education because I refuse to have him vaccinated?”, one woman cried while speaking to reporters in the street.

Franz DeFreitas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City South lead the protest

He said the Covid pandemic had already taken away almost two years from the student’s education.

“The policy is terrible. We have decided that we have had too much oppression, discrimination and no action by the ministry to educate our students.”

According to the government in St Johns, achieving herd immunity within the secondary schools is a lawful objective intended to keep all students, teachers and staff safe.

“The law requires that parents prepare their children to attend schools. Getting their sons and daughters who are 12 years and older vaccinated, and eligible to attend secondary schools, is the responsibility of parents,” the government said in a statement.

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11 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    November 18, 2021

    If this mandate is not revoked expeditiously, it will create a generaton of illiterate and unproductive people. This policy is an existential threat to Antigua as we know it today.

    My last point is simply this. When civil society, especial influential groups, remains casual and disinterested in the face of draconian and foolish mandates, policies and legislation, the people suffer. The society and the country in general disintegrate into nothingness.

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  2. Ibo France
    November 17, 2021

    Gaston Browne, Ralph Gonsalves and Roosevelt Skerrit, the Three Blind Mice, are among the three worst heads of government in the Caribbean. Their countries are saddled with corruption, indebtedness, joblessness, political division, dictatorship and on the brink of economic collapse.

    Living in these three countries under their stewardship you are bound to do a life of Hard Labour.

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  3. November 17, 2021

    “So, my child won’t get an education because I refuse to have him vaccinated?”, one woman cried”

    Lady, you are crying against your own decision. You said it yourself. “I have decided not to have him vaccinated”. That is your choice, no one is fussing you against it. But with that choice, you have also chosen not to allow him to get an education. Then who are you complaining against?

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    • Looking in
      November 18, 2021

      We better get ready to educate our children because it will worth them nothing if they are vacinnated and in school. For how long? This vacinne will kill them within 2 years. Heart problems. Children immune system is excellent. They don’t need this experimental Gene therapy in them. OPEN YOU ALL EYES . WE ARE BEING DECEIVED. Don’t trust the The elite and government .

  4. Viewsexpressed
    November 17, 2021

    You people out there in Antigua are out of context and I’m disgusted by your behaviour.
    We have had many families and children from age 2years have taken the Vaccine with absolutely no issues nor sickness. Life goes o well and ALL’s well. So what on earth is the issue with you OUTDATED Pappyshow protesting openly in the streets as if it’s a carnival with rum, a Jump Up and ignorant of the purpose and need of this Vaccine.
    Vaccines are need and the Well Antiguan qualified Medical Team know exactly what they are doing. So show some respect to the Committed Professional HEALTH TEAM.
    Get Going and Join the Team to ensure that you and all of your people are well Vaccinated and OK. Get Going Now Please.
    Good Luck.

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  5. Zammy
    November 16, 2021

    As the world grapples with the deadly covid 19, it is very much worth mentioning that the most advanced and developed countries are going all out for the vaccine. Someone from the United States mentioned that the vaccine is the only way out and that cannot be argued at this point. Caribbean people are glued to their televisions looking at every other country moving along nicely because they have chosen to be vaccinated. Why is t that Caribbean people are literally refusing the vaccine based on so many theories which have not foundation based on scientific research. The fact remains that all of the conspiracy theories on the internet are meant to cause panic and mayhem. Every Caribbean person should make the good choice to the vaccine. If there are concerns ask the experts not the social media doctors. Caribbean people must wake up. Stop being last all the time. Do we want to be in lockdown forever? No! Take the vaccine and let’s fight corona not each other. Nuff Said

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  6. Channel 1
    November 16, 2021

    The quicker people come to the realization that these Covid vaccination mandates has very little to do with genuine health science the better for them.

    Stay tuned…

    #ResistCovidVaccineSupremacism

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  7. Rick
    November 16, 2021

    ‘”So, my child won’t get an education because I refuse to have him vaccinated?”, one woman cried while speaking to reporters in the street.’
    The woman got it 100% right – because she freely decided not to get her son vaccinated, she also freely decided to take the consequences and deny her son an education.
    Bad decision.

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  8. Ibo France
    November 16, 2021

    To deprive children of an education through no fault of theirs is preposterous. Only those bereft of compassion and common sense can sanction this misguided policy.

    The Antiguan government argued that in order to achieve herd immunity they had no other choice but to implement this policy. For a group cf ministers to force such a misguided mandate on children is nothing but herd stupidity.

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