A CBS News report about what was happening on the island raised a lot of eyebrows and rightfully so, when it said that cruise ships that had come to help evacuate people were not taking people if they weren’t vaccinated for the virus.
Nearly 20,000 people have been forced out of their homes on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent after a volcano erupted there for the first time in more than 40 years.
Cruise ships are now evacuating people from the island — but only those vaccinated against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/oPBCDHhSpa
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 9, 2021
This report comes from the announcement of St. Vincent’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves who said “people have to be vaccinated if they go aboard a cruise ship or are granted temporary refuge in another island.” Gonsalves said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival Cruise Lines would be taking people and islands that have said they would accept evacuees included St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.
A volcano erupted "explosively" on St. Vincent, forcing over 16,000 people to evacuate parts of the island.
The volcano was dormant for decades. Disaster officials say it is unclear how long the eruption will last, and evacuees "might not be able to get back home for years." pic.twitter.com/TZVKecUjWD
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 9, 2021