Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given the clearest indication yet that unvaccinated Jamaicans will be treated differently from those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mr. Holness has stated that the government does not plan to institute vaccine mandates at this time.
However, speaking in the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, Mr. Holness said while the public education campaign will continue to encourage people to be vaccinated, eventually, the unvaccinated will be excluded from certain activities.
He noted that some countries already require people to present vaccination cards to enter establishments such as nightclubs and restaurants.
Mr. Holness said unvaccinated people should not be allowed to benefit without playing a part in ending the pandemic.
"It can't mean that I do my national duty and get vaccinated to protect myself, my family, my community and my country, and someone who shirks their responsibility and duties - sometimes for no genuine reason other than pure ignorance and deliberate malicious intent - gets to go by on a free ride. Every citizen has to bear some responsibility and has a duty to get our society out of this crisis," he declared.