Several factors explain the success of Cuba’s national vaccination programme: people trust the easily accessible neighbourhood family doctors and nurses and the health professionals at their community polyclinics, making vaccine hesitancy very rare. In turn, the health system’s organisational capacities make vaccine rollout fast and dependable. Finally, Cuban biotechnological research and production centres are well-integrated with the needs of the public health system.
Some of the country’s leading non-profit organisations are pleading with Government to dedicate more of the country’s resources to fight a looming crisis of poverty, hunger and homelessness overshadowed by the pandemic. Director of the Caribbean Anti Human- Trafficking Foundation, Dr Olivia Smith declared that in the midst of a massive national vaccine drive to … Continue reading Barbados – Crisis of Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness Looms
The Gaston Browne led administration in Antigua and Barbuda is under pressure from unions and public sector workers, after its vaccination mandate last week. So far, three workers unions in Antigua and Barbuda have sought legal counsel in an effort to challenge the government’s vaccine mandate.
The opposition to the coercive Covid vaccine policy is just. There is no reason why a Covid containment policy could not respect workers’ rights to choose to be vaccinated or not. Given that employers carry primary responsibility for maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, it follows that the cost for any regular PCR testing that they deem necessary for maintaining such an environment should be borne by them. These are demands that all working people should unite around, whether they choose to be vaccinated or not.
The Jamaican Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms guarantees to each citizen personal autonomy to live life and to make decisions that are of fundamental personal importance, such as medical care, free from state interference. On August 19, 2021, there were media reports that the Ministry of Education of Jamaica (MOE) would require children aged 12 and over to be vaccinated.
PRESIDENT OF THE Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza is slamming trade unions for their silence and apparent “pussyfooting” when workers are being “forced” to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jamaica´s solidarity gesture follows similar support provided by China, Russia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. |As Cuba faces a severe outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 after it managed to contain it during 2020, the U.S. blockade against the island has toughened, hindering Cuba's ability to access materials to tackle the crisis well as food and other supplies.
SCORES of Social Services employees demonstrated across the Bahamas in a show of frustration recently, citing unfair practices, poor working conditions and unresolved workplace grievances.
Several of the Antigua and Barbuda's trade unions have made their position clear in response to the government’s policy on COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated frontline workers.
The most important voice in the debate on Covid19, vaccines and re-opening the economy are the workers who have maintained, defended and protected the foundations of the economy and the society, especially since Lockdown began in March 2020. Their voice, concerns and proposals for opening up or not and how to do so are paramount. To vaccinate or not is secondary debate and a personal matter for each individual and not the reason for a manufactured controversy manipulated to create splits and tension in the society when calm, rationality and objectivity is vital. Apparently disingenuous arguments of the government whilst seeming to violate the right to a livelihood of workers seems to be behind Union leaders skepticism on vaccines. Reports that the governments apparent ultimatums are mirrored in practice with the business community imposing vaccine ultimatums on workers attest to this. Same companies who reportedly prioritise profit over employees health safety and workers right to a livelihood. Workers TU leaders are obliged to take a stand in defence of their members rights.