(iWitness News) When students and teachers return to school on Monday, for the first time this year, teachers who have not taken a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine or who have not been tested for the virus would be asked to leave the compound.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement on VC3, on Wednesday, as he continued to defend his government’s vaccination or test policy for public sector workers.
Under the policy, all employees of the central government or statutory entities are required to submit their COVID-19 vaccination report or be tested up to once every two weeks for the virus.
“Tomorrow, the 8th and Friday the 9th, we are asking the teachers across the whole of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the areas where you are from, go to your clinic, take the test.
“If everybody could take it, fine. You take the test or you take the vaccine. Preferably, you take the vaccine. If all of you go and you take the vaccine, that is fine,” Gonsalves said, adding that 331 teachers or 17% of the nation’s educators have taken the vaccine.