Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said government would not be mandating that citizens take the Covid19 vaccine.
Speaking during Monday’s health update, Deyalsingh said “There are some members of the population (who) because of inherent medical conditions, cannot be vaccinated.”
“Some children just cannot take the vaccine. Then there are people who are allergic to the vaccine.
“So you can’t force a vaccine upon someone for medical reasons.
However, Deylasingh said “It will be strongly recommended for people who are in the frontline and those who are physically able to take the vaccine.”
Deyalsingh added that, for the time being, this also extends to people being repatriated into the country.
He said while there is a precedent that people are not allowed to enter a country without certain vaccinations, no such policies have been developed for covid19.
“That may apply to covid19 in the future, but we don’t know as yet. That is an evolving issue and we will look at it.”