Guyana has much to gain from intensive public education on vaccines and pandemics
At this time of incomprehension in Guyana on an issue as vital as life and death, it seems important to me that we all try to do what we can. In writing this letter, I will aim for fairness, because I know that over 90% of my fellow Guyanese want to be fair. It’s something that I think we all have in common.
The last time I asked a simple question about dropping a case against an official, a columnist, using a pseudonym, called me an interesting guy, indicated my age and said, “he’s got race. on the brain ”. Despite this response from a person whom I know to be highly educated, or rather educated, above my level, I may be led to ask a few questions.
From what I hear on Guyana radio, there is a strong feeling not against vaccines, but against being forced directly or indirectly to take them. This sentiment against what appears to be coercion is present in all of the human societies reported in the news.
If we are public figures, we must cultivate self-esteem and respect for others which would allow us to admit blunders and trust in the fairness and common sense of most Guyanese. As it now seems to me, the flashpoint of the disagreement in Guyana concerns the question of how to encourage more and more members of the population to choose vaccines as an emergency guarantee when the bulk of the population is not. not vaccinated against the current virus and its variants. , like Delta.
News Source reported on or around August 25, 2021 that the government of Barbados had held a national consultation on the issue of compulsory vaccination. He also reported that the Prime Minister, Ms Mottley, had said her government was not in favor of compulsory vaccination. She also said it was the government’s duty not only to ensure the security of the country, but also to keep it united. It’s unclear what the future holds, but the approach to Barbados seems likely to avoid clashes like the Wismar / MacKenzie Bridge and Georgetown near the Department of Education.
In Guyana, there is no news of a planned consultation period between the Government and the citizens concerned by its management of the pandemic. Unfortunately, a fundamental right, such as freedom of assembly, has been reported as violated by police action.
The political culture at work in Barbados in dealing with differences owes its quality to the fact that the Prime Minister is a woman, who has not lost respect for her fellow citizens and their rights. Reports from Guyana suggest that society can gain a lot from a period of intensive public education on vaccines and pandemics and a period of what in Barbados is called the “National Consultation”. Please note that this is not a request for power sharing, but simply a request to adopt best practices and follow the spirit of the Constitution.