Government is considering expanding the safe-zone initiative that has been implemented in restaurants and bars to other areas of the economy.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, during an interview with GML.
He told the media house that they are giving serious thought to this as they continue to struggle with convincing more citizens to get vaccinated.
Rowley said that “government will have to do what is reasonable and feasible in order to give us the best protection in a pandemic.” This may include mandatory vaccines.
Regarding his thoughts on the expansion of safe zones, Rowley stated that one such area would be the Public Service.
He said this is a space where a large number of people interact.
When asked by the media house whether this would mean that state sector employees could only come to work if they are vaccinated, Dr Rowley said “the considerations are there.”
He admitted that he is concerned with the acceptance of citizens of 20 or 30 people dying every day.
“If we know that what is fuelling that situation is the large number of unvaccinated people in the country, then the time is likely to come when it is that development that is going to cause the government to make a decision. Can we just accept every day that 20 or 30 people will die and go on like normal?” he asked.
The PM added: “We cannot just accept that we are going to go on indefinitely saying that that is how the pandemic is going to pan out in Trinidad and Tobago where we just get people dying every day until such time as there are no more people to be killed.”