Vybz Kartel ready to get Jab shot, lawyer says
Vybz Kartel wants to be vaccinated against Covid-19, says his lawyer Isat Buchanan.
Vybz Kartel’s lawyer Isat Buchanan says the incarcerated deejay is ready to take the Covid-19 vaccine but the jab is not yet organized for the prisoners. In a Monday night TV interview, the lawyer said Kartel expressed his desire to take the jab.
“They (the prisoners) too are a fragile class and don’t have the capacity to say let me get vaccinated and so of course it’s concerning as these are people who are ready and willing … in conversations with him.” , he’s ready and willing to take the vaccine if it’s offered, ”Buchanan said in an interview with Jamaica Television on Monday night.
Jamaica has waged a feverish campaign to immunize all Jamaicans. However, despite a limited amount of vaccines available, there is still some hesitation as many fear taking the vaccines or believe in anti-Covid plots.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has even warned that if people do not show up for the vaccines, they will expire and need to be thrown away.
However, it appears that a few influential people are of the opinion that Vybz Kartel and other dancehall acts could help the government fight the public stance on the Covid vaccine. Buchanan and Professor Carolyn Cooper both suggested that the government could have approached Kartel and others to be part of the government’s efforts to reach the masses through music.
According to them, artists could become the messengers to vaccinate Jamaicans against the coronavirus.
Buchanan, who is representing Kartel in his upcoming Privy Council Judicial Committee (JCPC) appeal, said Kartel and the other inmates should be vaccinated.
“Mr. Palmer is ready and willing to take the vaccine if it was available, but it is not. This is not a publicity stunt, and I would go so far as to say that they should provide it to all inmates.
Professor Dr Cooper also urged the Prime Minister to seek the support of Vybz Kartel to help spread the pro-vax message.
“Howard Mitchell, president of the National Health Fund i say mid seh i told tufton to go to jail a reason vybz kartel fi see if i am wuda buss a chune fi encouraging people to do vaccinate, ”she said in a Gleaner article this week.
Of course, Kartel is not legally allowed to record in prison, and if he had to, he would need state permission.
In the meantime, it seems that the deejay dancehall has weighed the pros and cons of the vaccine and is moving in its favor. This could be because Vybz Kartel could have underlying illnesses that make him vulnerable to the virus and could suffer from complications if infected.
The dancehall icon revealed in an interview with Fox 5 NY News last week that he has been battling the disease for a few years now in prison. He did not further explain the nature of his illness, but over the years he had to be taken to hospital and given a special medical examination after having medical emergencies behind bars.