by Mike Meranski
Fellow Grenadians, friends, colleagues, it appears to me that there is a huge problem with Grenada’s new vaccine protocols.
Forcing all arrivals to have TWO PCR tests within 72 hours is ill-conceived and counterproductive. No one wants to have their nose swabbed twice in 3 days (or less) which is what these new rules call for. In fact, if you were to ask your Dr [doctor] if it would be dangerous to do, especially if you have sinus issues like I do, he/she would probably say… yes? I would think that very few people will go along with this?
Either the Gov’t [government] requires the 72-hour PCR test along with your vaccine card that confirms you are fully vaccinated 2 weeks prior to arrival, or they demand the PCR test once you arrive here in Grenada. One or the other, not both.
If the Gov’t decides that just requiring ONE PCR test here upon arrival is sufficient for those fully vaccinated, Grenada will continue to receive its US$150 per person Covid Test income, which many refer to as a “Covid Tax.”
This is much needed for the MOH [Ministry of Health] especially if they want to purchase more vaccines for Grenadians. However, the biggest problem with the PCR test being administered here at the airport or seaport, would be the many hours you would have to wait while the MOH performs PCR tests for what we hope to be hundreds more arrivals daily. Another concern or potential problem would be the potential for exposure to Covid while the tests are taking place in the airport.
The much saner approach, less risky, and more likely to attract the number of visitors necessary to reboot our economy, is for fully vaccinated arrivals to have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival along with your vaccine card. WELCOME TO GRENADA.
Meanwhile, leave in place the current protocols for those unwilling or unable to vaccinate.
With this approach, our economy opens back up much more quickly, and more and more Grenadians will see the urgency of getting vaccinated as rehiring will increase dramatically with employers requiring a fully vaccinated workforce. We will continue to protect Grenadians from the virus as well as we did before, if not better, but now we will also be treating our economy which has been sick for 13 months.
The facts are clear. The numbers don’t lie. The vaccines are proven extremely safe and very effective and anyone telling you otherwise is blowing smoke.