By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Effective May 01, 2021, non-nationals seeking a work permit, or renewing work permits or residency, will have to show proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
That announcement was made by Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Mark Brantley on April 28 at his monthly press conference.
“What we have now decided is anyone seeking a work permit or residency or seeking to renew a work permit or their residency, will have to present evidence that they have been vaccinated. We feel that this is a reasonable measure to take in the circumstances just as persons seeking a work permit and residency have to submit evidence that they are free of tuberculosis and syphilis.”
Premier Brantley, who said that he received the support of his cabinet colleagues, said that this decision was arrived at to assist in the fight against the coronavirus disease, and used the opportunity to solicit the support of the non-national community.
“This is not novel because we’re seeing other places introducing it. Just yesterday I think I saw a news item saying in the Turks and Caicos Islands that this is a similar approach that they have taken, and we would want the support of the non-national community in this regard.
Incidentally, we are advised that the non-national community constitutes the highest percentage of persons who have already taken the first shot of the vaccine, and so we are optimistic that this will not negatively impact anyone.”
Mr. Brantley who also serves as the island’s Senior Health Minister said people who have medical reasons for not being able to take the vaccine, must present proof from their doctor and that would qualify them to be placed in the category of persons who are unable to take the vaccine.
As of April 28, 2021, 3,004 persons on Nevis have taken their first shot of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and 9,428 persons on St. Kitts totaling 12,432 representing 37.6 percent of the target population.