Only vaccinated people can leave the island’s volcanoes on a shelter, St. Vincent says

Prime Minister Ralph Gon Salves said that only those who were vaccinated with the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus would be on a cruise ship after a large 6-mile-high volcanic ash eruption from La Soufrière scared residents of St. Vincent. He said he could get in and evacuate people. island.

“The Chief Medical Officer will identify those who have already been vaccinated so that we can board the ship,” Gonzalves said. Reporter..

He then explained that there were not enough personnel to operate the ship and retain the evacuees. They can only transport passengers.

“People who have been vaccinated [the chief medical officer] You can put them on board, “said the Prime Minister.

“People who have not been vaccinated yet but are planning to be vaccinated should not be sent immediately after vaccination, as they may have side effects such as” swelling of the head, knowing what it means “. No, “he said.

by WHO According to the data, only 10,805 residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been vaccinated at least once.

St. Vincent was covered with a thin layer of ash on Saturday, with a “strong sulfur” scent. The next day, a nearby volcano erupted brilliantly because it had been inactive for decades.

Rumbles were heard from the rooftops, cars, and ash-covered volcanoes of Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The video from St. Vincent showed a haunted landscape.

On Friday, released a notice about a cruise ship traveling to a small island to rescue its inhabitants.

“Both Carnival Paradise and Carnival Legend have arrived and are off St. Vincent. Two Royal Caribbean-branded vessels, the Serenade of the Sea and Celebrity Reflection, are scheduled tonight. A third Royal Caribbean vessel will be available in the coming days. Will arrive at. ” report read.

Saint Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbados have accepted evacuees from the affected areas. However, evacuees must be fully vaccinated against the CCP virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines are home to just over 100,000 people, but have not experienced volcanic activity since 1979, when the eruption caused about $ 100 million in damage. Prior to that, Las Friere erupted in 1902, killing more than 1,000 people.

Reuters contributed to this report.