(Barbados Today) Reports of a plan by Government to vaccinate visitors to the island from next month, was Thursday knocked by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), which contends the Mia Mottley administration has failed to inform the country about the decision.
The DLP’s spokesperson on Health, Paul Gibson, queried how such a move would be possible with thousands of Barbadians still to be vaccinated.
Gibson, a pharmacist by profession, said he became aware of Government’s plan via articles in two international travel news websites – Travel Agent Central dated March 2, and Travel Off Path on March 1.
He questioned why the news had not been made public in Barbados. Both articles refer to releases from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) revealing a plan for vaccines to be given to visitors during April and May, he said.
Gibson said in a statement: “We have press briefings sometimes three times a week and not once were we given details about any plan to vaccinate visitors. We had to read about this in overseas travel magazines. Why is it that this Government continues to keep pertinent information away from taxpayers of this country? When the Prime Minister made mention of Barbadian donations to a vaccine fund why did she not share news of this plan?”