The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has expressed concern over a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for officers applying for a basic Special Services Unit (SSU) Course.
The six-week paramilitary training begins on January 31, 2022, for ‘new and prospective entrants’ to the SSU.
But according to a document dated October 21, 2021 obtained by St Lucia Times, only fully vaccinated candidates who satisfy the application and other selection criteria will be considered.
The deadline for applications is November 30, 2021.
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Approached for comment, the Vice President of the PWA Azariah Francois told St Lucia Times that the organisation does not agree with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and is in the process of speaking with the SSU course organisers, and ‘those in authority’ about the issue.
Francois acknowledged concerns among some police officers over the possibility of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
“The best thing to do is to prevent this from happening and prevent any further segregation or discrimination in the force,” he told St Lucia Times.
The PWA official explained that for now, the organisation is against mandatory vaccination.
“If it is made law, then fine,” Francois stated.
Headline photo: Police officers on patrol (Stock image)