JAMAICA will be left behind if no Implementation of Progressive Sports Policies says Senator Morris

JAMAICA will be left behind if no Implementation of Progressive Sports Policies says Senator Morris

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Senator Gabriela Morris, the Opposition Shadow Minister for Youth and Sports, is demanding that the Government takes a proactive and progressive approach to sports management. The World Cup Qualifiers for football (Road to Qatar) presents an opportunity to revive the industry in a safe way. Senator Morris believes that the most recent directive from the GOJ which prevents vaccinated spectators from attending matches is prohibitive. 

The Shadow Minister shared that, “Enough evidence exists to suggest that spectators who are vaccinated should be allowed to attend in small numbers. Of course, protocols must be followed but this would serve as a good start for us in restoring some semblance of normalcy to Sports, which is a major earner and source of entertainment for Jamaicans.” 

Senator Morris opined that immunization is the most important instrument to sustainably contain the virus, however, it is extremely difficult in many countries including Jamaica to inoculate even close to a quarter of the population. In the Jamaican context, many are still hesitant and as such the Government must take strides to incentivize vaccination by demonstrating with visible examples that this is our only path forward.

Senator Morris continues to urge the Government to move with greater urgency to course correct on its vaccination strategy. She says, “The goal at this phase of the vaccine roll out should be to strategically incentivize Jamaicans to get vaccinated as studies in the more progressive countries have shown that restoring certain liberties to the vaccinated population is effective in mitigating vaccine hesitancy and encouraging inoculation.”

Senator Morris is urging the Government to reconsider its position and to put the people at the centre of decision making.

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