The Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL) is the first commercial financial institution on the island to signal its intention to enforce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for its staff members.
Speaking to THE NEW TODAY on Tuesday, outgoing Managing Director, Richard Duncan confirmed reports that staffers have been notified about the intention of the bank to institute the policy that would also apply to the Board of Directors of the only indigenous bank operating in the country.
“What I could tell you is that the bank has promulgated a policy on Covid-19 defense, it has been circulated to the Staff in preparation for a Staff Meeting on Thursday and that is all I could say now,” he said.
“…The policy has been promulgated and it will be rolled out and discussed at a General Staff meeting,” he added.
When asked to explain what he meant by rolled out, Duncan said: “Roll out means explaining, answering questions, answering concerns, quelling any fears that people have and that sort of things – that is what roll out means,” he remarked.
Duncan said that he could not give the specific date when the Covid-19 vaccination protocol to be instituted by GCBL would become effective.
Asked if the policy would be extended to persons coming into the bank to do business, the outgoing Managing Director told THE NEW TODAY: “No, no, no. The policy pertains to the Bank Directors, the staff of the bank – these are the people that it pertains to.”
A few private sector businesses on the island mainly those engaged in the tourism hospitality sector have been seeking to enforce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination on their staff as a prerequisite to remain on the job.
The business operators have been bolstered by recent statements made by Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell that although he will not pass legislation for mandatory vaccination, business operators have the right to take measures to protect their businesses in the face of the deadly virus.
Grenada is known to have had 162 cases of Covid-19 since the virus was first detected on the island 16 months ago.