SVG: Rights group questions legality of mandatory COVID-19 testing

KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT: A local rights organization has brought into question the legality of the government’s requirement for mandatory COVID-19 testing among public sector workers.

On June 11, the government announced that as of June 14, all employees of the State who have not been vaccinated against COVID19 will be required to get tested regularly for the infection.

Unvaccinated employees are being required to be tested up to once every two weeks based on risk levels, “as determined by the health authorities, in keeping with a directive from Cabinet,” the memo stated.

But, the Thusia Institute for Religious Liberty (TIRL), in a release issued on June 18, stated that such a requirement is not legal.

“Any requirement for an individual to be tested, using ALL COVID-19 tests, whether polymerase chain reaction (PCR), antigen tests or others, which tests are authorized, not approved or licensed, by the Food and Drug Administration; they are emergency use authorization (EUA) only, is NOT LEGAL,” the TIRL stated.

Read the full release below:

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