by Clive Bacchus
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Giselle Mathews is urging businesses to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
“…We have been advocating again and I don’t think you can say it too much, is that I want to remind the business community to please comply and enforce and do a better job on the front end of your businesses with the non-pharmaceutical measures, please. I see it I go around town it is there, there are too many people who are operating loosely and not enforcing the measures in a consistent manner. And those are the measures that have kept us safe all of this time, sanitization, distancing, temperature checks if you can, wearing of your masks above your nose, not below your nose. Please wear your mask, you might be vaccinated but you can be a carrier …and remember if a staff member says they are not feeling well they should not come to work, they pose a health risk to other colleagues and economic risk to your business.”
WINN also invited a comment from the Chamber President on complaints about businesses encouraging workers to get vaccinated or to show proof that they were not Covid-19 positive as immoral and inhumane.
“So, first of all, I think that persons who are not able to take, there are and will be persons who are not able to take the vaccine, we know that there are persons who may not check all the boxes from a health perspective, the doctors can clear that with them. Those persons not able to take it whether it’s a pregnant mother or nursing… we have cases where people have certain health ailments and they can’t. We’re not talking about those people because those persons can provide a letter from their doctor to their employer.”
The Chamber President said employers are pushing for the country to achieve herd immunity and are also concerned about a safe working environment.
“…For an employer to want to encourage vaccination is hardly inhumane, it would be certainly inhumane if he or she never did, or never tried to, to educate their staff or have a sensitization program with the ministry of health or a private doctor to come in and speak to the staff about the risks of having Covid. The risk of staying out of the hospital or dying or being on a ventilator, that is inhumane and that is hugely irresponsible. So I do hope that the business persons despite all of the messaging and social media coverage given to vaccination, I trust and hope that those who are our members in particular because they have an even greater responsibility, are following through on that and I don’t think we should apologize for trying to be proactive.”