An unvaccinated school principal was among people on the picket line in Kingstown last Friday as the Teachers’ Union continued its protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for frontline workers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Hannah Green-Harry, principal of Diamonds Government School, was singing “O the Blood of Jesus” when iWitness spoke to her at the picket line.
“Of course, the blood of Jesus has the power to heal and to deliver and to save,” she said when asked if she thought that the blood of Jesus could help in the vaccination issues.
Green-Harry, who has been an educator for over 20 years, told iWitness News that in joining the demonstration, she was “standing up for the rights of our people and I’m totally against mandatory vaccination.
“From what I do know, the Lord Jesus Christ … shed his blood in the Garden of Gethsemane just for our willpower to choose. So, as a people, we have the right to choose.
“God has given us that privilege, he has given us that freedom to choose. And if we choose not to take a substance in our body because we believe our body is the temple of the living God, if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, then we must not put anything in our body that we don’t know about. So, we pledge allegiance to God Almighty.
“The Lord God of heaven’s armies, the battle that we are fighting, the battle is his and victory is ours so we are claiming victory in Jesus name.”
The educator said she was not vaccinated but had been going to the school and was there up until last Thursday, the day before the protest.
She said that no ministry or other official had attempted to prevent her from going to the school campus.
Regarding whether she would continue to report for work, the principal said, “I believe I will go with the spirit. If the spirit directs me to.”
Green-Harry has been an educator for over 30 years. Asked how she would respond to people who say she is so close to a full retirement package, why not take early retirement rather than risk losing everything.
“Well, I do not see myself as putting myself at risk. I believe in God Almighty. I place my trust and confidence in him. I know that faith is the victory and I am standing on the promises of Christ my saviour. He never fails.”