Vaccinations continue in Jamaica (what are you waiting for?)

Vaccinations continue across the island this week. The response to the “blitz” over the holiday weekend was somewhat lackluster and the pressure needs to be stepped up – especially in light of the fact that hospitals are under pressure. Here is yesterday’s update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness…

And please, if you know someone who is unsure, still has questions about the vaccine – and especially vulnerable older Jamaicans – try to persuade them to go and get vaccinated. Get them organized, hold their hand, accompany them if need be.

This screen grab from a video on Twitter made me chuckle. These people are waiting for their vaccinations in a classroom in St. Catherine. I expected one of them to put their hand up: “Please, Miss, I know the answer!”

In the same way that they mobilize people to go and vote at election time, when they virtually drag people out of their sick bed and physically carry disabled voters to the polling stations, I would expect Members of Parliament and local councilors to be getting their constituents down to the vaccination centres. Help them with transportation, if need be! I hear there are 36 of them.

I have heard my Member of Parliament driving round the neighborhood with his “town crier” megaphone, urging residents to get vaccinated. I hope all other politicians in every nook and cranny of the island will be doing likewise.

And lastly, employers, please organize your workers to get vaccinated. I see the Private Sector Initiative is under way, and saw Caribbean Cement Company and others getting on board with this. It can make all the difference to your employees’ health and productivity! I am particularly concerned about government workers and others who interface with the public daily. How many of these have been vaccinated?

The turnout at the National Arena in Kingston was not what it could have been yesterday. (Photo: Twitter/Ministry of Health and Wellness

Islandwide blitz continues  

  • First and second dose appointments, extended hours at National Arena

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, August 3, 2021: As Jamaica experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases,the Ministry of Health and Wellness is continuing its islandwide vaccination blitz for Jamaicans 18 years and older.

The blitz, which is open to those eligible for first and second doses, started Saturday, July 31 and runs until Thursday, August 5.        

Up to yesterday (Monday, August 2), the island had recorded 53,543 COVID-19 infections and 1,203 deaths. Hospitalisations continue to be on the rise, with some 210 confirmed cases in public health facilities.   
As it urges more Jamaicans to become vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry has also extended its operating hours at the National Arena in Kingston from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm during this week’s blitz.

The extended opening hours are to facilitate more vaccine uptake as the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton called on employers to provide their workers with the opportunity to become vaccinated.    

Please consider giving members of staff time off to get vaccinated this week,” the Minister urged. 

First and second dose appointments may be made by visiting the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ website at or by calling the National Vaccination Hotline at 1-888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683).

Persons who receive an appointment confirmation should take their TRN and a government-issued identification or letter from a Justice of the Peace to the sites to receive their vaccine. Those due their second dose should also take along their vaccination card.

Jamaicans are also being reminded to remain vigilant in their practice of infection prevention and control measures, from washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer to wearing masks and keeping a physical distance of six feet from others.  

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