Guyana this week hinted at the possibility of introducing a vaccine passport as Caribbean Community countries continue to record deaths and new cases linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Irfaan Ali told a news conference that his administration is prepared to examine all options to deal with the pandemic including a vaccine passport in the face of hesitancy by some people to get vaccinated as well as the recklessness of others in flouting the existing health protocols.

President Ali said that given the fact that vaccination is not mandatory, his administration has to examine all means, including the vaccine passport, so the country can move forward.

He was critical of those who continue to go about their activities in a reckless manner and are flouting the COVID-19 guidelines, promising that more law enforcement officials would be deployed to ensure compliance.

So far this month, Guyana has registered 58 deaths from the pandemic, the most in any month since the virus was first recorded last March.

More than 125,000 persons have already been vaccinated under the government’s ongoing vaccination programme.

There have been calls for the government to tighten the existing curfew but President Ali said that discussions with the COVID-19 Task Force and other stakeholders have not found support for any adjustment of the curfew.