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COVID-19 vaccination of teachers begins today

- vaccination remains non-mandatory
Non-mandatory vaccination of teachers in the Virgin Islands (VI) will kick off today, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Photo: Internet Source
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the vaccination of teachers will also impact the decision to reopen schools fulltime. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the vaccination of teachers will also impact the decision to reopen schools fulltime. Photo: VINO/File
Schools in the Virgin Islands have adopted a hybrid learning system, where some subjects are taught online. Photo: VINO/File
Schools in the Virgin Islands have adopted a hybrid learning system, where some subjects are taught online. Photo: VINO/File
CAPPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Non-mandatory vaccination of teachers in the Virgin Islands (VI) will kick off today, Thursday, February 25, 2021, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced.

Hon Fahie was at the time speaking in a radio interview with ZBVI 780 AM, shortly after taking his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Theresa Blyden Capoons Bay Clinic in his electoral district.

“I know that the Minister of education has assigned and worked out for Thursday and Friday. I believe all teachers [will] take theirs so that they can be vaccinated and help reduce any risk of the COVID-19 so that we can work on getting the children back into school full time,” he said.

The Premier said while getting vaccinated will bring no guarantees, “at least it will reduce any spread of the COVID-19, especially to schools and protect our teachers and our children.”

Vaccination now paves way for full school reopening 

Further, Premier Fahie revealed that vaccination of teachers was one of the main focus regarding the full re-opening of schools. He noted that should all teachers volunteer to get vaccinated by Friday, the education systems would benefit.

“It would…help them to restore confidence in educational systems for persons to come out and go to school full time,” Hon Fahie said.

The Premier expressed gratitude that VI’s active confirmed COVID-19 cases stand and zero and he also thanked all frontline personnel who took the vaccine thus far, calling it a boost for the local economy.

19 Responses to “COVID-19 vaccination of teachers begins today”

  • 1st District (25/02/2021, 10:08) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Like the opposition say "STOP HIDING BEHIND COVID AND DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK". Where is the opening of the ports to tourist. So we giving more stimulus to none paying taxi drivers AGAIN. With no plan in site we will fail miserably!!
  • Peaches (25/02/2021, 12:04) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
    It's like we in sync with America. They talking about opening schools and now we talking about opening schools. The elite has us just like robots. They send out the virus, then say wear a mask, then lockdown, then re-open, then vaccine. What is the next step after the vaccine? Lord help us. I waiting to see who going to drop down first with that vaccine.
    • Wow. (25/02/2021, 14:00) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
      Nobody goin drop down but there is a lot of other things coming from this Vaccine. Once you take it you doomed , your DNA will be changed slowly but surely. Ayo go ahead.
  • A VOTER IN #6 (25/02/2021, 13:14) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    I TOOK MY VACCINE TODAY AND WAS VERY EASY. SAD TO SAY I HAVE SEEN 95% OF FOREIGNERS WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH WE LOCALS ARE WE IMMUNE TO SICKNESS.
    • Peaches (25/02/2021, 16:32) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      That is your business you took Bill Gates poison. Worry about yourself. This is a PERSONAL choice. You rejoicing as if all will be well. Wait until you get the second dose and see what might happen. And even if nothing happens after that you still will reap the effects down the road because it will slowly infiltrate your body.
  • Sick And Tired (25/02/2021, 13:32) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    Stop saying All teachers. Everyone has a choice to take or not take this vaccine . Respect those that chose not to take it . Like y'all want to force people to take a vaccine they dont want. Just like i respect those that decided to take it , respect those that DON'T want it.
  • Always some story (25/02/2021, 14:59) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why is he still saying "it least it will reduce any spread of the COVID-19, especially to schools and protect our teachers and our children."

    A bunch of hoopla when you can still contract COVID AND TRANSMIT after being vaccinated. This government is something else...Always some story and excuse to cover up poor planning and failed approaches.
  • OK Then (25/02/2021, 16:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess they will say the children must take it before they return to school
  • joe (25/02/2021, 18:35) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    I took mine yesterday and by 10 pm I was sick with body aches, muscle and joint pains, headache, and high fever. I am still having symptoms, have I know this would be the outcome, I would have never taken it.
    • @joe (25/02/2021, 19:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol hopefully you live to see the next five years good luck
    • @joe (25/02/2021, 23:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope you feel better.
      I can’t tell you that you shouldn’t take it.
      It’s a personal choice.
    • Jan Vanterpool (26/02/2021, 00:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Joe, you're not alone, my 53 year old sister took hers on Monday and an hour after ahe was light headed, then in the night she has a fever aches and pain.
      I spoke to her , after 3 today and she said that she still feeling sick so much so she did not work today and she is frontline worker.
      I think it affects everyone differently, she was and is the family genea pig, so now most of the others are blatantly saying no to taking Jim Jones leftover tainted kool-aid.

      • @Jan and Joe (27/02/2021, 02:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thanks for sharing
        And I hope your sister recovers as well as Joe.
  • GG (25/02/2021, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    a lot of skepticism in the VINO of late but none of the negative comments make sense. Skepticism is healthy if based on actual knowledge and intelligent reasoning. if you got your knowledge from a Facebook crank, you may wish to fact-check it. If someone can quote an ingredient that is questionable or problematic (we know an ingredient in Pfizer shouldn't be taken by those who are susceptible to anaphylaxis - but that no this vaccine) then great, let's discuss that. There have been no confirmed issues at all with AZ. A handful of particularly frail people have died globally from what everyone has as a sore arm for a day and mild cold symptoms (as happens with flu jabs etc every year).

    Bill Gates, changing your DNA, tracking devices, 5G - you lot have serious issues. Maybe it's the cat paintings causing COVID19..!

    As it stands, the quickest way to get our country going again, get jobs and tourism money coming in is to have a vaccination population and fully open up without the danger of overwhelming our small covid emergency facility. If we let people in, there will be cases but if we are mostly vaccinated, the effects on each of us should be mild to nil. If we are not, there could be a lot of deaths not only from the virus but also from people in hospital taking up resources blocking folk with other medical needs.
  • Blackbeauty (25/02/2021, 22:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This vaccine is a personal choice. Let us not condemn those who take it or the ones that refuse it.
  • who cares (25/02/2021, 23:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jus don’t force people to take this vaccine.
    Makes no sense taking it at all.
    All vaccines that was made protecting us from not getting whatever.

    This rushed off one is not.
    You take it as a healthy person to become unhealthy.
    A healthy person will get over the COVID flu.
    How many was hospitalized here?
    In fact they was at home recovering peacefully.
    In fact some didn’t even know they had it.
    In fact they say it’s asymptomatic.
    But now this vaccine is going to only protect you from being overwhelmed by the virus .

    Who listened to Biden’s speech today ?
    He said to Americans now that plenty are vaccinated don’t let your guards down the cases could very well
    Rise again.
    Please continue social distancing wearing of mask sanitizing of hands etc.

    You must ask yourself what is really the purpose of this vaccine.
    Why not give the vulnerable since they at risk why the entire population?
  • Hmmmm (26/02/2021, 15:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    i thought this was NOT mandatory but it's like the minster is trying to make it mandatory for the teachers
  • Thankfull (28/02/2021, 21:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I took the vaccine and had no symptoms at all some people have different reactions I know of some people that took paracetamol before the vaccine and was ok


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