Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

For those who are trying to keep up with the fluctuating situation (or should I say “fluid” – to use a word someone used today) regarding vaccines, here is the latest from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Now, apparently, political figures over 60 years old are going to be “joining” health care workers and members of the security forces, the two priority groups for vaccination. I had not realized that they were next in line after those groups (or simultaneous). I thought it was the elderly who are in care homes.

Moreover, yesterday an urgent PSA went out saying that ONLY healthcare workers and members of the security forces would be vaccinated this week, after breaches were reported at several vaccination centres (in other words, “other people”).

As I said, the situation is “fluid.” There is no mention of parliamentarians, heads of agencies etc. over sixty years receiving the vaccine either in the Ministry’s press release dated March 12, which I posted here.

More vaccines arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport this morning (March 15). Centre is Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton and at right is Mariko Kagoshima, who heads UNICEF’s Jamaica office. (Photo: Twitter)

Meanwhile, the first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines (14,400) purchased on a commercial basis via the COVAX facility arrived on the island today.

Parliamentarians over 60 years old for vaccination tomorrow

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Monday, March 15, 2021: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will begin tomorrow for Cabinet members, Parliamentarians and heads of ministries, departments and agencies of Government who are 60 years and older.

They join frontline health care workers and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force who are now being vaccinated against the virus, which, up to now, has infected more than 31,000 Jamaicans and claimed the lives of more than 490 persons locally.

Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination programme began on the March 10, with the administration of the first doses for close to 3,000 individuals. Included in the first batch of persons to be vaccinated were former Prime Ministers, the Right Hon. PJ Patterson and the Right Hon. Bruce Golding, in addition to former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall. Since then, more than 12,000 persons have been vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reminding the public that vaccines are being administered according to the approved schedule and, for the safety of all concerned, is urging persons to attend vaccination sites islandwide only after they have received their appointments.

Members of the public are also reminded to remain vigilant in their adherence to infection prevention and control measures for COVID-19, notably, wear your masks; maintain your physical distance from others; and frequently wash and/or sanitise hands.

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