Disgruntled parents and students protested outside Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education on Tuesday morning against the government’s decision to enforce a vaccine mandate in schools.

Currently, children between 12 and 18 years old, who are not vaccinated against coronavirus, cannot attend school.

But, an online platform is available for the students to continue their education.

Last week, the Ministry of Education said around 3,000 of the 8,000 students, who are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, are unvaccinated.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne made it clear last month that the country will not be “limping” into 2022 with the burden of unvaccinated citizens.

The government has plans to vaccinate over 60,000 citizens and residents by year’s end.

Just over 52,000 people are vaccinated.