Chairman of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group, Professor Peter Figueroa, says it would not be appropriate for governments to mandate citizens to take the COVID 19 vaccine. 

He was speaking last evening at the Norman Manley Law School’s forum under the theme ‘Balancing Human and Communicational Rights and the COVID 19 Vaccine: Can governments mandate citizens to take the COVID19 vaccine?’

The government has established that taking the COVID 19 vaccine is voluntary but highly recommended. 

Professor Figueroa also notes there’s concerns about people’s constitutional rights should taking of  the vaccine becomes mandatory. 

But Professor Figueroa says that right is accompanied by personal responsibility to prevent social harm to others.

He’s also appealing to legislators to move with a bit more speed in updating laws to reflect current realities. 

Professor Figueroa is also dismissing claims the the virus does not exist.

Professor Peter Figueroa, Chairman of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group.