St. Vincent and the Grenadines (iWitness News) – The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it is now willing to rehire public sector workers who lost their jobs last year after failing to take a COVID-19 vaccine, as required by law.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement Thursday, saying that the Cabinet had on Wednesday received the advice from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache.
He said that following a briefing from health officials including Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Roger Duncan, the cabinet agreed on a “new regime” which the chambers of Attorney General, Jaundy Martin, will draft into law.
“I want to make it plain that this is not reinstatement of teachers. This is not a question of an automatic reinstatement of teachers because to say it is an automatic reinstatement of teachers would be to suggest that the teachers were not legally, constitutionally out of their jobs because they did not choose to take the vaccine and follow the requirement,” Gonsalves said.
“And clearly they expressed an interest in employment as teachers. Those who had not followed the requirement and, therefore, had abandoned their jobs under the law, they would be required to follow the conditions, including periodic testing,” the prime minister said.