(Antigua Observer) As the race to achieve herd immunity progresses, government is intensifying their efforts to reach that goal as they revealed yesterday it is their intent to now implement a private sector vaccine mandate.
According to the Cabinet notes, those private sector employers who have five or more persons on staff “will be required to have all staff vaccinated in order for them to continue working”.
According to Information Minister Melford Nicholas, it is hoped that by November 15 private sector employees would have already had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.
He added that this new measure is another move by the government to attain herd immunity.
“This gives businesses the opportunity under the cover of the regulations to be able to implement these measures. Clearly, we are still anticipating getting to that coveted number of 80,000 by the end of November. We have sufficient vaccines to allow us to do that and so this mandate is an attempt for more persons to come forward and be vaccinated,” Nicholas said.