An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister


Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton updated the Lower House this afternoon on the situation regarding COVID-19 and the possibilities regarding a vaccine. It’s really a mixed picture of some successes, some concerns – and otherwise hanging in there and continuing to believe that “this too shall pass.” I have highlighted a few … More An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

Health Ministry, NERHA mourn loss of Tyrone Robinson


COVID-19 continues to take its toll. Now a senior member of Jamaica’s health infrastructure has passed away from COVID-19 complications – a man whom Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton described this evening as a friend and a “hands-on Chairman,” whose advice and guidance he greatly valued. Here is the Ministry’s press release: Health … More Health Ministry, NERHA mourn loss of Tyrone Robinson

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition


I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition


The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

Health and Wellness Ministry Names Vaccine Commission


There is plenty of excitement over the COVID-19 vaccine. In Parliament today, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton said 16 percent of the population will be vaccinated next year: One per cent would receive the vaccine by April 2021, another three per cent by mid-2021 and the remaining 13 per cent by the end … More Health and Wellness Ministry Names Vaccine Commission

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition


Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Health Minister Calls for Review of Blood Bank Operations


As I mentioned in my latest news update, disconcerting news came in a few days ago of alleged irregularities at the National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank). Here is the latest release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the matter. One hopes that they will quickly get to the bottom of this, and … More Health Minister Calls for Review of Blood Bank Operations

CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home


The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed grave concern at the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home in Kingston – the largest such facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton gave an update on the situation at this evening’s press briefing… You may well recall that … More CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More


The Ministry of Health and Wellness held two press briefings this week – the first, with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, was to break the news of the outbreak at the Golden Age Home in Kingston. First of all, our latest COVID numbers (which are posted daily after 10:00 a.m. on the … More COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home


As a member of and volunteer for the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), the non-governmental organization that advocates for the needs of our senior citizens, I have regularly asked about the condition of care homes in Jamaica at the weekly COVID-19 briefings with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. I have been assured that … More Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home