Another Jamaican COVID-19 “blitz” to get second doses done

The Ministry of Health and Wellness did incredibly well with a so-called “blitz” of vaccinations back in April, when they managed to get 75,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines into Jamaican arms within a few days, just before their expiry date.

Now, the Ministry is at it again – for “second dose” people. My husband and I just got our second… So our lives can, hopefully, become easier and so we can become fully protected in two weeks’ time (however, we still plan to observe COVID protocols, masks, social distancing etc). I wish the “vaccine-hesitant” ones would get on board.

Health & Wellness Ministry to host Blitz for Second Dose

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, June 3, 2021: The Ministry of Health and Wellness will host a special Blitz at the National Arena on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. This Blitz is intended to provide the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the over 600 Jamaicans who received their first dose of the vaccine in March and have a due date of June 5. The Ministry will communicate to these persons by way of text messages as well as follow-up calls to the telephone numbers provided upon booking an appointment for the first dose.

Jamaicans who fall in this special group are reminded to take a government-issued identification or a letter from a Justice of the Peace and the vaccination card that was issued to each person who received the first dose. Persons who are 65 years and older are allowed to be accompanied by one caregiver at the vaccination site.

The public is being reminded that they are not fully vaccinated unless they have received their second dose of the vaccine, and as such, are still required to follow the Infection Control and Prevention protocols outlined by the Ministry. This includes wearing a mask, sanitizing, social distancing, handwashing and following the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act.

In the meantime, appointments for first doses are still available for persons in the priority group. Currently Jamaicans 50 years and older, healthcare workers, JCF, JDF, Jamaica Fire Brigade and staff members from PICA, Jamaica Customs Agency and Department of Correctional Services are eligible to be vaccinated based on the implementation plan.

Persons wishing to be vaccinated are reminded that they must make an appointment through the Ministry’s website at www.moh.gov.jm, or through the National Vaccination Hotline at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683).

I am not sure how to interpret Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ expression in the photo below, as he took his second dose of vaccine this week…


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