Caribbean Volcano Erupts, But ‘Only Those Vaccinated Against COVID’ Allowed to Evacuate, CBS Reports
St. Vincent forces people to stay in the area despite massive volcano eruption. The government doesn’t allow those who haven’t been vaccinated to evacuate.
Norah O’Donnell from CBS Evening News reported the following:
“Nearly 20,000 people are out of their homes on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent after the first volcanic eruption there in more than forty years,” O’Donnell said. “The volcano sent a thick cloud of smoke 20,000 feet into the sky, spewing ash for miles.”
“Cruise ships are evacuating people from the island, but only those vaccinated against COVID,” O’Donnell concluded.
O’Donnell made the report upon the island’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves warning “the cruise ships and other islands would require evacuees to be vaccinated,” ABC News reported. “He also said he was working with other Caribbean governments to ensure that they could accept an ID card since not everyone has a passport.”
“This is an emergency situation, and everybody understands that,” Gonsalves said.
“Gonsalves added that he highly recommends those who opt to go to a shelter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island chain of more than 100,000 people, be vaccinated,” the report continued. Hotels in the region are also asking that all refugees be vaccinated, Bloomberg reported.
About 110,600 people leave at St. Vincent. At least 10,805 people have taken their COVID shots, according to the World Health Organization.
Carnival, a cruise ship company, doesn’t require vaccinations for the humanitarian mission.
There’s a different story behind the scandal. Authorities and the media may be using the fear of the eruption to force people to vaccinate.