This afternoon, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton tweeted footage of a British Airways plane taxiing on the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston with 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Not only Minister Tufton, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith were there. The full works.
British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad attempted some patois while making a speech at a podium in front of the plane: “Get di jook, man.”
Meanwhile, the vaccines are on their way to the various vaccination centres across the island, as I write. If you need your first dose, you can get it if you are over 18. Here is the information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness:
Jamaican 18 Years and over eligible for vaccinations
KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, July 30, 2021: The Ministry of Health and Wellness will intensify its national vaccination efforts over the next eight days as it anticipates the arrival of 300, 000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Astrazeneca.
The vaccines are scheduled to arrive in-country on Friday, July 30. The week-long vaccination focus, from Saturday, July 31 to Thursday, August 5 is opened to all Jamaicans 18 years and older, with the target of inoculating some 150,000 with the first dose of the vaccine.
Starting Friday July 30 at 10AM, appointments for first doses may be made using the registration portal by visiting the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ website at http://www.moh.gov.jm, or by calling the National Vaccination Hotline at 1-888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683). Persons should take their TRN and a government issued identification/letter from a Justice of the Peace to the vaccination site to receive their first dose.
Jamaicans are being reminded to adhere to the provisions under the Disaster Risk Management Act, with increased vigilance to the infection prevention and control measures – washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing masks and avoiding crowded situations.