The Premier reaffirmed his government’s policy while delivering a statement entitled “Let’s Bring the COVID-19 Situation Back Under Control.”
Just yesterday, July 12, 2021, a group of local anti-vaxxers led by radio host Floyd Burnett aka 'Heritage' delivered a petition to the Governor of the Virgin Islands, calling for an end to the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as an investigation into the alleged discrimination against unvaccinated workers.
Ahead of the move, Premier Fahie in his Friday address had subtly pointed out the tone-deaf reasoning behind the arguments against vaccination.
He said amidst these arguments, the infections have increased and have come closer to home, bringing an increase in deaths.
As of 8:00 am today, July 13, 2021, there have been 4 COVID-19 related deaths in the VI.
“There are debates about persons' rights. May I reiterate that vaccination remains voluntary, and it remains a personal decision. We must respect each other’s choice and their rights.”
The Premier said; however, that whether a person has taken the vaccine or not, they still have a personal responsibility to be cautious and responsible in their interactions at home and in public.
“Your responsibility is to follow the public health protocol and, if you are the owner or operator of a business, your responsibility is to ensure your employees and your customers are being cautious and responsible in following the protocols,” he said.
Further, Hon Fahie said that persons must also report violations of public health policies within businesses and the wider community.
“If you see an individual, a business, an employee or another customer not following the protocols, report it to the manager, and if necessary report it to the authorities,” he said.