CARICOM institutes vaccine mandate for entry to its offices

CARICOM institutes vaccine mandate for entry to its offices

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 14, 2021 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana  says as of October 1, 2021, it has instituted measures, requiring proof of vaccination for staff members and all persons seeking to enter its offices  at Lilliendal and acrossd the region to do business.

In a statement this week, the Secretariat explained that the decision was made “in order to provide a safe working environment for its staff, in keeping with attempts to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus”.

The decision is also in keeping with Government’s Emergency COVID-19 Measures as of September 4, 2021, which require COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test for entry into public buildings.

The statement pointed out that staff members and members of the public who are not vaccinated would require a PCR test no older than seven days to enter its offices.

According to the measure, any person who fails to comply with any of these measures commits an offence under Section 152 of the Public Health Ordinance and is liable on summary conviction to the penalty provided under that section.

The Secretariat is the principal administrative organ of the Community with Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. Its mandate is to contribute, in support of Member States, to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of the Community and the development of an innovative and productive society in partnership with institutions and groups working towards attaining a people-centred, sustainable and internationally competitive Community.

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