Jamaica Observer:- A push is coming from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) for the Government to get tough on people who refuse to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
Keith Duncan, president of the PSOJ, made the call yesterday noting, “We are in a crisis position at this point in time”, as he reflected on COVID-19 figures released by the Government yesterday. The figures correspond to test results for Sunday.
“We’ve seen the positivity rate today at 46 per cent,” he said in reference to the figures which showed 46.1 per cent of those tested returning a positive result. There were 513 new cases and 11 deaths.
Seeing the numbers, the PSOJ, in a release, said it has been compelled to ponder the question of requiring the workforce to be vaccinated or subject themselves to regular testing.
However, ahead of that push, Duncan is calling for a stronger public education campaign encouraging people to take the vaccine.
“We don’t have the luxury of time and we need to marshal all forces. We need a national vaccination mobilising effort. People need to come off the fence now. It’s time that [the] private sector, unions, churches, the Government of Jamaica, civil society, everybody get on board and send [a message] with very little uncertainty, with great clarity that the nation has to get vaccinated,” Duncan continued.
He slammed what he called a campaign of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy among Jamaicans and asked others to get on board in the public education campaign, “not only making big statements like I am doing”, he said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.
“We can do this, and then if we get to a place where we have further vaccine hesitancy, then we might have to think about stronger measures,” he added.
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