More people sign petition against vaccine intimidation

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More people sign petition against vaccine intimidation
Winston Clarke (third from left) speaking to people about his petition against vaccine intimidation. (Picture by Reco Moore)

More than 400 people visited Haggatt Hall, St Michael to sign the petition against vaccine intimidation being spearheaded by social activist Winston Clarke.

Clarke started the petition – which is addressed to the House of Assembly – a few weeks ago, in an effort to fight against vaccine intimidation in Barbados, a tactic he claims some employers are using to persuade workers to get the COVID-19 jab.

The signing got underway around 9 a.m. with police nearby. Clarke now has more than 1 500 signatures, surpassing the original goal of 1 000.

Many people signed the document and left the area while some decided to hang around.

At one point more than 50 people were in the car park at Sky Mall near the J.T.C Ramsay (Bussa) roundabout, but they were adhering to the COVID-19 health protocols and practising physical distancing.

The crowd eventually dispersed just after 10 a.m.

Some well-known faces such as Frank “Bongo Lights” Chase, Lumumba Batson and Paul “Simba” Rock from the Rastafarian community were among those lending support, as well as Reverend Buddy Larrier and retired parliamentarian Hamilton Lashley. (SB)

More people sign petition against vaccine intimidation