Vaccination will not be made mandatory in Dominica.
This was according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit during an interview recently.
There have been major protests in some countries in the region against mandatory vaccination in the fight against Covid-19.
Members of the Dominican public are also engaged in debate as reports show persons who are vaccinated can still contract the virus and contribute to its spread.
“Let us go out and take the vaccine, it is not mandatory and all this talk about mandatory, I am not in that thing about mandatory vaccination,” he said. “Though we have clear legal advice that the constitution allows this to happen and this is done from legal luminaries outside Dominica, but I am not going to get into this.”
Skerrit believes that everyone has an obligation to each other, “this is a public health emergency and we have to take the vaccine.”
Meantime, His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire has reiterated the call for Dominicans to get vaccinated.
He was speaking with State-Owned Radio station DBS.
“We have gone through crisis, we have gone through difficult times, but we have concurred and we have always done that together,” he said. “There are certain things laid down by the health personnel, first of all the question of vaccination
At the time of this report Dominica has recorded 203 active Covid-19 cases.
Bishop Malzaire said it is important to understand that vaccination works.
“Of course we are faced with many conspiracy theories and sometimes people choose to listen to this, but if we are going to succeed in dealing with this terrible virus among us we must do it together,” he urged.
He continued, “We must follow the protocols, we must be obedient to what the authorities are telling us that we ought to do, but to do it together.”