Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has made no indication that it will pull back from its decision to enforce the measures, which come into force on October one. That’s when Belizeans will have to show proof they’ve received at least one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR or rapid test. Our correspondents have been on the street speaking to people in their area about how they feel about the new measures and vaccinations on a whole. Fem Cruz spoke to a couple people in his area about the situation.
Belmopan Resident: “I am a business woman for over thirty five years. I said I wasn’t going to take the vaccine but I went and took it and it never did me anything, I had no side effects thanks to God.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: What convinced you to take the vaccine ?
Belmopan Resident: “Well because I realized that my kids them were worrying about me and so I said well if anything happened to me they are the ones who will have to pick up the pieces so I was just obedient and went and took it.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Ma’am what about other people saying ‘Well if I take the vaccine I’m violating my religion.’ what do you say to them ?
Belmopan Resident: “Well we just have to leave everything to God. We know that in these last days all kinds of things will come and as God sees our hearts he knows what we are going through and so we just have to leave everything to him.”
Belmopan Resident: “Well I said I wasn’t going to take the vaccine.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Why ma’am ?
Belmopan Resident: “Because I’m sick. I have cholesterol and pressure but I said I would decide to take it. I made up my mind to go take it because if you don’t take it you can’t go to buy, you can’t go anywhere then what will you do when you have to go shopping ?”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: So it’s like a compulsory, you have no choice.
Belmopan Resident: “You don’t have a choice.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Do you think this is violating the rights of other people ?
Belmopan Resident: “Well I don’t know. I think so though. To me it’s like they’re forcing you to take it.”
In Dangriga, there have been mixed views on the regulations. Correspondent Harry Arzu spoke to residents in the Culture Capital this week.