KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Opposition Spokesperson for Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, is calling for national dialogue, in the form of townhalls, with the public on vaccination requirements for employees. Morris makes the call within the context of a third wave of COVID-19 and growing anxiety around the topic of mandatory vaccination for workers.
According to Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, “With over 1,600 deaths and 71,000+ reported cases, there is need for consensus on how to treat the matter.” Senator Dr. Floyd Morris further opined that, “This matter must be addressed with empathy. Many believe taking the vaccine is a matter of individual rights and freedoms, while others believe vaccination efforts are necessary in safeguarding community wellness.” He further said, “There must be consultation with the Government, Opposition, Trade Unions, employers and members of civil society on how to move forward.”
The Senator is calling on the Government to move with alacrity to gain consensus on this matter to ensure we contain the spread of the COVID-19 and keep the wheels of the economy turning.
In the meantime, it is imperative that the GOJ re-table the Occupation, Health, and Safety Bill in the Parliament. The Senator noted that, “If this legislation was properly formulated and debated in the Parliament, we would be in a better place to deal with the current crisis at the workplace.” The Opposition is of the belief that the Government must put all the necessary resources behind recrafting this piece of legislation and bring it to Parliament no later than the end of 2021.