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Push for the jab


Push for the jab
Former chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, Edward Clarke. (FILE)

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The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) is looking to significantly increase its public education drive to promote the importance of vaccination of employees, in the wake of the latest COVID-19 spike that has affected some business houses.

Chairman Edward Clarke told the DAILY NATION yesterday he expects that shortly, the market will see a demand for services from only vaccinated staff members, and for businesses to survive their employees would need to be better educated about the benefits of being vaccinated, then getting inoculated.

“We will continually try to influence workers to be vaccinated. But the truth is, there are still too many people in Barbados who are not vaccinated. At some time, people will only want to do business within business houses where staff are vaccinated. The market will eventually demand it,” he added.

Meanwhile, president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), Dr Lynda Williams, said many Barbadians got it wrong behaviourally over the last few weeks and let their guard down.

Their comments came on the eve of Barbados reintroducing a daily 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew after 40 new infections of COVID-19 were discovered by public health authorities on Saturday. From last week Sunday to Saturday, the country recorded 90 new cases, which pushed the positivity rate up to 1.9 per cent, and the rate of infection per 100 000 in the population from 19 to 38. (BA)


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