Evacuation of the cruise ship only for the vaccinated

  • The inhabitants of the island of Saint-Vincent hope to be evacuated by cruise ship.
  • The island was hit by a volcanic eruption last week, making it largely uninhabitable.
  • Some neighboring islands only accept evacuees if they have taken a COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents of the volcano-stricken island of Saint-Vincent will only be evacuated to some neighboring islands if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the country’s prime minister said.

Cruise ships have been dispatched to the island which is partially evacuated after the 4,000-foot-high volcano La Soufrière broke out on Friday.

But people must be vaccinated before boarding the cruise ship, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, told a press conference. press conference the day after the eruption.

“The chief medical officer would identify people who have already been vaccinated so that we can put them on the ship,” Gonsalves said.

More than 16,000 people are evacuated from the “red zones” – the parts of the island most at risk. This map shows the danger zones on the island:

Some are expected to be temporarily housed in the neighboring islands of Saint Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

But most of the islands would require a vaccination before welcoming someone.

“If people are ready to welcome you during COVID-19, they will want you to have the highest level of protection possible”, Gonsalves told reporters on Saturday.

Saint Lucia does not ask people to be vaccinated to come, he said, but it may require vaccination on arrival.

“We have to deal with all of this during the period of COVID-19”, Gonsalves told NBC 6 Sunday. “We have handled the pandemic fairly well. We only had 10 deaths.”

Friday’s eruption left the island struggling with electricity and water cuts. The island is covered in deep volcanic ash that is starting to harden on the ground, island emergency officials said in a tweet on Sunday.

Gonsalves also said some people don’t want to evacuate.

This could be due to fear of vaccination, which in turn may prevent them from receiving further government assistance after the rash.

“People are very scared of the vaccine and they choose not to come to a shelter because they would eventually have to adhere to the protocol,” said opposition politician Shevern John, according to Reuters.

Gonsalves warned that it could be up to four months before people are allowed to return home.

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