Premier Wayne Panton urges the community to “roll up its sleeves and protect the vulnerable community and get vaccinated”.
“It’s about the community and the interests of our country” he said in a statement to Parliament.
The Premier said he had to make a “clear and firm stance against the wave of misinformation, selfish behavior and apathy that is placing us all at risk”.
He went on to say as COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, we all had to exist in a world alongside COVID-19.
The people who get sick are those who had not been vaccinated, the most vulnerable and children, he said, adding that healthy young people around the world were getting sick if they hadn’t been vaccinated, so he urged them to get vaccinated also.
The Premier also said the government was considering the requirement of a health pass to permit access to cinemas, bars, restaurants, hospitals, planes and other forms of transportation.
“I can assure you that this Government will be prepared to take all of the measures needed – some may call them Draconian if you will – to protect every single living soul in the islands” he said.
The Premier urged the Opposition to support the government’s decision to open later in September than the Opposition had called for and not to politicise the situation.
Download the premiers entire statement here