The Government of Dominica is set to amend the certification criteria to include vaccination for persons involved in the tourism sector as the country prepares to return to cruise ships in June.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit during a recent Cabinet Press Conference.
“Similar to how the food handler’s license is done,” said Mr. Skerrit while talking about what needs to be done for the wellbeing and welfare of the Dominican people in relation to what’s done for food handler’s permits.
“You cannot be a tour guide and not be vaccinated, because the person who is going to want you to take them to Tittou Gorge, and to Trafalgar Falls, and to the Boiling Lake, and to the Buerrie Lake, they’re gonna want to know that you are vaccinated because they have to protect themselves,” Skerrit said.
He also pointed out that tourists have the right to make such a demand to “only go on a tour with people who are vaccinated”.
Mr. Skerrit then spoke on the importance of vendors having an “armor of defense with the vaccine” as they will be interacting with thousands of tourists on a weekly basis.
“So it is important for us to recognize that we have to set aside all these schisms, all these things that we read on all youtube and Facebook and all these social media platforms,” said Mr. Skerrit as he pointed out the importance of reading such material but also says that we need to comprehend what we’re reading and to “know what’s in our best interest.”