St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) is urging businesses and employees to pull together to achieve the goal of 70 percent vaccination so that the economy can reopen in October and close to 5000 people now unemployed can get back to work.
The CIC expressed full support for the “Rollup to Reduce Risk and Open Responsibly” vaccination program.
“The Chamber supports all members who are pursuing that objective by encouraging employees to be vaccinated and by organizing sensitization programs on-site to facilitate employees and to accommodate a smoother vaccination process,” CIC declared in a press release issued Thursday, adding that ” The safety of employees and customers are paramount to each business. Maximum vaccination provides the best way of providing such protection.”
The private sector employs over 15,000 persons in St. Kitts-Nevis accounting for approximately 45% of the persons required to be vaccinated to reach the 70% threshold as advised by the Health Officials, it stated.
” We must be ever mindful of the reality that our health services do not have the capacity to manage a significant community outbreak of Covid-19.”
The private sector group said there is light at the end of the tunnel and decried social media posts bashing businesses that are promoting vaccination among staffers.
“Calling for the boycott and slandering of businesses that provide employment, pay taxes and support community initiatives and events is unfortunate and ill-advised.
The Chamber advised employees to take their concerns to their immediate supervisors for discussion and resolution and not feed off social media.
“Similarly, we advise employers to not share employee’s information via such means.”
Let us do better by working together for the greater good of our Federation, families, and the health of our economy.
Together we can “Rollup to Reduce Risk and Open Responsibly.”