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 Commentary: President Should Reconsider her Decision

Commentary: President Should Reconsider her Decision

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By Neil Gosine

PRESIDENT Paula-Mae Weekes should reconsider her decision that unvaccinated members of her security detail are not permitted in close proximity to her or her 92-year-old mother.

Last week we learned that all unvaccinated workers working for her were being transferred from the President’s House to other departments so as not to be in contact with her or her mother.

This can promote discrimination and signal that unvaccinated people will not be able to continue in their jobs across the country or are in some way second-class citizens.


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley stated last week that mandatory Covid-19 vaccination was not part of the Government’s plan after they had signal this would probably be coming soon.

However, after the outcry by the population, Dr Rowley then stated that making vaccination mandatory was not on his government’s agenda at this time and his administration has no intention to force anyone to get vaccinated.

In February, President of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix stated that an employer cannot unilaterally change its policies and insist that workers are vaccinated just like that and make that change mandatory.

This is not how things work under industrial law, and the general opinion by changing the rules of employment like this, borders on discriminatory behavior.

During this time where we are looking for some compassion, we want a President to offer advice or assistance in the ongoing pandemic.

Citizens are dying and suffering from not being able to put basic food on the table as the Government mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic leaves much to be desired.

On many aspects of the pandemic we have received a deafening silence from the President on what the state of our country is in at this time.


The outcry of citizens can be heard from all quarters, restaurant industry, construction industry, maxi taxi and taxi associations, minimum wage earners, the common man.

Every day we hear of how people cannot put basic food on the table to feed their children or their families and about hard times in this pandemic.

We see people of all different ages, and from all different walks of life lined up to get food hampers all across the country. This definitely shows the desperation and where we have reached in these times.

It is a shame now that the President’s own staff is being discriminated against even though we do not have enough vaccines to vaccinate the population to attain herd immunity and they are being moved from their post without compassion or understanding.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive, the North East Regional Coordinator of the United National Congress and a former chairman of NP. The comments and opinions expressed by him in this column are not necessarily those of, a division of Complete Image Limited.

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