All evacuees from St Vincent and the Grenadines who will be accepted into Grenada will be required to have at least the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as part of the entry protocol.
“As we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, I have been assured by my Vincentian counterpart that all evacuees will be required to have at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and rapid antigen tests will be administered prior to departure. We will also engage in rigorous testing as part of our entry protocols,” Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell posted on his Facebook page.
Mitchell who is also the Minister for National Security said that the Government and people of Grenada stand in full solidarity with the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines during this national disaster – the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.
The volcano which is located to the north of the island began with an effusive eruption in December 2020. However, as of 8:41 am this morning 9 April 2021 an explosive eruption began.
“This is a culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8. The eruption is ongoing, and more information will be shared as things progress,” said a message on the UWI Seismic Research Centre Facebook page.
The UWI Seismic Research Centre monitors earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis for the English-speaking islands of the Eastern Caribbean. The Seismic Research Centre (formerly the Seismic Research Unit) of The University of the West Indies grew out of a Colonial Development and Welfare (CDW) project established in 1953 with the objective of monitoring volcanic activity in the Lesser Antilles and of providing a trained group of scientists in the West Indies who could react quickly to volcanic emergencies.