Prime Minister Engages Religious Leaders On COVID-19 Vaccination

PR  Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, reached out to religious leaders across the country on Wednesday, encouraging them to be partners in  Grenada’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

About 80 religious leaders representing the various denominations, participated in the  virtual meeting, which was also attended by the Minister of Health, Honourable Nickolas  Steele; Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Honourable Emmalin Pierre and the  Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Religious Affairs, Norman Gilbert.  

Dr. Mitchell commended the religious leaders for their general responsiveness as it  relates to the pandemic and solicited their continued support in the fight against COVID 19. 

With vaccination identified as the key to moving forward, Dr. Mitchell expressed a desire  to see more church leaders actively engaged in encouraging the population to be  vaccinated.  

To date, just over 13,000 Grenadians have received their first shot of the AstraZeneca  vaccine, while more than 4,000 have been fully vaccinated 

Dr. Mitchell said, “I want to encourage you to use your public platforms to positively  influence our people. You are well-respected in the community and people value your  opinion. Therefore, there is a significant role you can play in encouraging persons to get  vaccinated. We are working toward herd immunity but the longer we take to achieve that, 

means the longer we will take to get back to normal life.” 

The religious leaders expressed general support for a more visible role in the process,  but they cited a need for more information and made recommendations to that effect. This  included presentations by health officials to members of their respective congregations  and the sharing of print and video content that addresses the concerns of people. 

The Prime Minister welcomed the suggestions and expressed Government’s willingness  to action them as part of the joint awareness building effort.

The 4% salary increase due to public officers was also discussed, with the religious  leaders suggesting mediation and the demonstration of more wisdom as strategic actions  to relieve the state of agitation that exists. 

Dr. Mitchell again welcomed the valuable input and assured the church leaders that  Government will act on the recommendations. The Prime Minister reiterated  Government’s willingness to honour its obligation to public officers and its flexibility in  reaching a resolution to restore peace and stability in the industrial relations climate.