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Bahamas: SEPARATION ENFORCEMENT: Police prepared to keep non-vaccinated away from perks set for vaccinated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of National Security Marvin Dames assured yesterday that law enforcement will be ready to monitor for non-vaccinated individuals during the proposed vaccination holiday announced by the prime minister last week.

On Friday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced a day where individuals who have been inoculated against the coronavirus will be able to engage in certain activities that are currently prohibited.

While the prime minister did not provide a date for the “Vaccination Day”, he said an announcement will be made soon.

Dames, who was speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, said the agencies in his ministry will plan the way forward when dealing with the new protocols, insisting he does not doubt their enforcement ability.

Asked whether authorities intend to verify vaccinated individuals at roadblocks and other checkpoints, Dames said: “We’ll have to see how it’s rolled out and we’ll plan accordingly.”

He noted vaccinated individuals would have cards in their possession indicating they are fully vaccinated, adding that it’s not too big a task for officers.

“At the end of the day, what it requires is discipline on behalf of the Bahamian people,” Dames continued.

“That certainly would go a long way in helping to mitigate any issues in relation to any decision that is forthcoming.”

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