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Jamaica is tired of Covid-19 protocols and Vax mandates

I believe Prime Minister Andrew Holness got the message during his vaccination tour of East Kingston and Port Royal last September, where he encountered a group of young people who chanted in concert when he was leaving the vaccination site, “No lock down, no lock down!”

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Jamaica paid a heavy price as a result of the last round of Covid-19 protocols and restrictions, during which no-movement days were implemented during the work week. Though it was necessary to stop the spread of the more dangerous Delta strain, it was hugely unpopular and created great frustration in the population.

Most Jamaicans are past COVID-19 and, for them, the pandemic ended last year August.

Mask-wearing, social distancing, and curfews, regardless of how safe they have kept us, are now negatively impacting on their lives and livelihoods in greater ways than COVID-19 itself. Worst yet, over 70 per cent of eligible Jamaicans, including perfectly informed citizens and health professionals have decided not to be vaccinated. These Jamaicans oppose curfews and lockdowns, do not abide by the protocols, and refuse vaccination, and after two years of begging and beseeching, arresting partygoers, and fining people for breaching curfews and not wearing masks, what more can we reasonably ask the prime minister to do? The solutions have all been tried and tested and the people in our democracy have ultimately decided.

The argument is, in fact, done.

Let us move on with our lives.

While some people, particularly in media, who believe they are well thinking, are critical of the prime minister’s position, they have no feasible solutions to offer other than lockdowns, which they also reject. Most of the population agrees with the prime minister’s no-more-lockdown stance and other tighter measures but, obviously, not his recommendation for vaccination. Therein lies the conflict and irrationality of Jamaica’s situation.

Essentially, Jamaicans are willing to take the risk with COVID-19. By their calculation they are at a higher risk of being murdered and dying in motor vehicle crashes than dying from COVID-19.

They believe they have sacrificed enough.

They can’t cope with their children being at home, the loss of income, and the limitation on their business operating hours.

The pandemic is having an incalculable effect on our mental health. It has introduced a great deal of uncertainty and pessimism into our lives and increased cynicism in our outlook on the future.

Don’t end up carrying the donkey, PM  Jamaica Observer


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