NewsIts not the Virulence of the Virus; it’s the weakness of the patient

St. Lucia News OnlineMay 24, 2022328685 min

The debate about compulsory vaccination rages on with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda making it mandatory that all public servants be vaccinated or that they be subject to testing twice a month. The prime minister’s recent declaration in the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda has met with mixed responses: decisive, strong, dictatorial, insensitive, and crazy.

In announcing his government’s mandatory vaccination policy for public servants, he demonstrated a level of frustration and desperation. A frustration that Antiguans were not taking the vaccine and a desperation in finding an early solution to the debilitating impact Covid-19 was having on the health system and economy of Antigua.

But is it morally right that governments should be legally forcing vaccination when some citizens are genuinely unsure and worried about the effects of vaccination on their health? Would it not be a better approach to address the concerns of vaccine hesitant citizens through a process of education?

Democratic governments are supposed to serve the will of the majority and not impose the will of the minority on the majority. With the low uptake of vaccination, it suggests that the position of the majority is clear: they are not willing. The scientific data, however, indicates unambiguously that those who are vaccinated are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or die of Covid. So, what do we do?

Dr. Bruce Lipton, a well-known cellular biologist, made an interesting observation that it was not the virulence of the Corona virus that is the problem but the weakness of the patient. By this he meant, if the patient’s immune system is already compromised by comorbidity factors, then the virus is more likely to take them down, and the more comorbidity factors the more vulnerable the covid infected person. He identified obesity, high-blood pressure and diabetes as common comorbidity factors, all common to Saint Lucia.

Could it, therefore, be enough for a citizen to receive a clean bill of health from a physician every, say, six months to avoid vaccination? And for those with comorbidity factors and not willing to vaccinate, that they be restricted access to enclosed public places and made to undergo frequent testing at their cost.

There is something unsettling about mandating by law that people be vaccinated. While this pandemic is a public health issue, we must be mindful of individual rights in the process of finding solutions. A one-size-fits-all approach is not the answer if individual human rights are to be respected. The process of educating the public on vaccination should, therefore, continue and hopefully, more people will make that personal decision to vaccinate. Let us hope the Saint Lucian government has not reached the point of frustration and desperation and follows the path of mandatory vaccination, taken by the Antiguan government.

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  • Vern Nelson

    September 13, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Well articulated and I’m in complete agreement.

    The virus should force us to address the problems of obesity, diabetes and hypertension that are so prevalent. By fixing those, we create a healthier society that can fight Covid, the variants and other pestilence.

    Instead of a vaccine mandate there should be holistic health advocates…like TC Brown sang:
    Watch de food you eating
    Ital is vital.


  • W

    September 15, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Pandering to the ignorant who will remain fearful no matter what information is presented to them is not a solution. This is a public health crisis and strong leadership to protect the population is needed. The “masses” in a democracy elect leaders to navigate the tough decisions necessary for the public good, they don’t vote on whether a country goes to war or where and how their taxes are spent or if vaccinations are mandatory for entry into public schools. Those decisions are left to the supposedly educated minds who have been elected to lead.

    Mandatory vaccination for certain groups such as frontline healthcare workers, teachers, students, and other similar groups are a no brainer in a public health crisis.

    All this fearmongering and placating of the ignorant is just leading to more death and despair.


  • Isadora

    September 19, 2021 at 5:40 pm



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