Only the vaccinated can escape St. Vincent’s volcano via rescue cruise ships, says island PM

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As thousands flee continuing volcanic eruptions, surrounding countries and government-run shelters are only welcoming those who have had COVID-19 shots and vaccines are mandated to board rescue cruise ships

Celeste McGovern

April 13, 2021

ST. VINCENT, Caribbean, – Only those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are being allowed to board cruise ships sent to rescue people from the violent eruptions of a volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and take them to surrounding islands, the island’s president announced Friday.

The volcano La Soufrière erupted Friday, spewing plumes eight kilometers into the sky and raining white hot ash down on thousands of residents who were forced to flee their homes. More explosions occurred over the weekend and on Monday, fast-moving currents of molten lava flowed down in rivers from its peak.

Vincentian PM Ralph Gonsalves in tears, addresses Cruise ship evacuation and COVID-19 Vaccination

“It’s destroying everything in its path,” Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Center, told the Associated Press. “Anybody who would have not heeded the evacuation, they need to get out immediately.”

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