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‘COVID bubble’ plan suggested for events

Minister of Health and Wellness Michael Darville.
Photo: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

Minister of Health and Wellness Michael Darville. Photo: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Senior Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH Minister Dr Michael Darville suggested officials are considering creating vaccination bubbles for some events, though plans for this have not been finalised as yet.

“We are now in Cabinet finalising the two pieces of regulations under the current Health Management Act which will guide us on how we put new rules in place because we’ve made it very clear that on the 13th of November the emergency orders will fall away and we would have to have legislation in place,” he said during an Office of the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday.

“Now, this has been brought up because there’s some events that are coming to the country, sporting events, and we know from other parts of the world they can create a bubble and so our team is looking at ways how we can create a similar environment for these types of events.

“It’s not completed and we want to ensure that we do not hinder our tourism sector and our economic growth but we want to ensure that the safety of every Bahamian is paramount in the legislation that we’ll bring forth.”

Bubbles would allow only people who are fully vaccinated to assemble at certain events.

 Though The Bahamas government does not currently support mandatory vaccination, some businesses have begun to require staff to be vaccinated.

 “We made it very clear that vaccination is a voluntary process in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at this time and so there are many private sector groups who want to get ahead of the government,” Dr Darville said. “I say to them that they must fall within the parametres of the law. We’ve seen this with many private sector groups and because they want to ensure that their environment is safe, someone who is unvaccinated or untested can compromise your environment and so it’s a very difficult thing to do because we must protect the right of the vaccinated person and we must protect the right of the unvaccinated person.”

 This comes as the Ministry of Health reported an additional 23 cases on October 26 and 22 cases on October 27. The country now has 22,351 confirmed cases of the virus. Only 441 of those cases are active.

 Hospital cases have dropped to 67 with five people in the intensive care unit.

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tribanon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Everytime this guy opens his mouth, you can't help but think his head is in a bubble of another kind, the wrong kind.

I never thought an MD minister of health could ever make the former non-MD minister of health (Renward Wells) look so much more competent in comparison.

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joeblow 9 months, 2 weeks ago

... a "vaccination bubble" sounds moronic, probably because it is. The evidence is overwhelming that the vaccinated can GET AND SPREAD covid, so the logical inference is that any benefits would be negligible and this is pure virtue signalling, nothing more!

Having groups of people congregate who already have antibodies to covid would be far safer than this lunatic suggestion!

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ohdrap4 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I HATE TO BURST HIS BUBBLE. BUT THIS WAS TRIED AND FAILED.

FOLKS DELTA PLUS IS COMING. NOT ONE OF THE VACCINE WORKS FOR DELTA PLUS.

JUST SAY IT IS TO APPEASE YANKEES.

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ThisIsOurs 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I think Dr Darville is hands down 5000% better than Renward Wells who was convinced we'd be at herd immunity by August... based on nothing .... and that we needed to vaccinate 124000 people to get there

And to be honest it wasnt really his fault, I blame the party system, they promote people who have a degree of popularity, and that is a requirement, or at least the ability to galvanize and inspire people... But thats where everything stops. Most if these people are ill prepared for every responsibility required of an MP, a cabinet minister or a senator. After 5 years biding their time, theyre suddenly experts and experienced in the area they simply operated as a security guard for

And thats why we is where we is.

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birdiestrachan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Doctor Darville is a very smart man the Bahamas is honoured to have him. He is an engineer and a Doctor. And he has a very good personality.

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tribanon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Try as you may, I don't think you're gonna have much success in keeping that bubble Darville lives in inflated. LOL

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Dawes 9 months, 2 weeks ago

So if i have a company that operates inside and outside the bubble i will be able to mandate that all employees must be vaccinated? I assume that means the big hotels can do this and then the need for staff to pay for their own Covid tests is gone.

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sheeprunner12 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Junkanoon in a bubble ...... Can't wait 🙂

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stillwaters 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this one of the tools in the tool-chest that will be engaged?

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killemwitdakno 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If it's the stadium, unvaxxed can be on the other side and go through the separate entrance. I rather not mix with vaxed people, especially visitors because their guard is down and they act like they don't need masks when nearby.

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killemwitdakno 9 months, 2 weeks ago

How about don't allow locals in anywhere.

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