The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is joining the call by a group of Private Sector groups and Trade Unions for a national dialogue and a policy on vaccination in the workplace.
In a statement, Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, says the dialogue should be in the form of town halls with the public.
Dr. Morris says he’s making the call in light of a surge in COVID 19 cases and what he says is growing anxiety over the topic of mandatory vaccination for workers.
He says there is a need for consensus on how to treat the matter.
The Opposition Spokesman says many believe taking the vaccine is a matter of individual rights and freedoms, while others believe vaccination efforts are necessary for safeguarding community wellness.
He says there must be consultation with the Government, Opposition, Trade Unions, employers, and members of civil society on how to move forward.
Dr. Morris is also calling on the government to re-table the Occupation, Health, and Safety Bill in Parliament.
He says had that legislation been properly formulated, the country would be in a better place to deal with what he says is a current crisis at the workplace.
He wants the legislation brought to parliament no later than the end of the year.