Unvaccinated people in Caribbean already being treated as second-class citizens
St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves declared that only vaccinated people can be evacuated from the Caribbean island following the eruption of a nearby volcano.
Gonsalves said in a press conference Saturday that only vaccinated people are eligible to board cruise ships volunteering to transport people to nearby islands for refuge.
“The chief medical officer would be identifying the persons already vaccinated so that we can get them on the ship,” Gonsalves said, reiterating that “those that are vaccinated, she can get them going on the vessel.”
“Those who are not yet vaccinated but who would be vaccinated, you wouldn’t send them immediately after vaccination,” he said, because of the possible side effects like “wooziness in the head.”
La Soufriere volcano, which has been dormant for decades, erupted early Friday on the eastern side St. Vincent, shooting ash columns six miles into the air.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are home to about 100,000 people, and 16,000 of them within the “red zone” of the eruption needed to be evacuated.