Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination program gets a shot in the arm (and a note on testing)

Firstly, the good news: the U.S. Government has provided more support for the COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Jamaica… The United States government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Caribbean Regional Office and its COVID-19 International Vaccine Implementation and Evaluation Program is supporting Jamaica’s Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program with $190K USD, approximately … More Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination program gets a shot in the arm (and a note on testing)

Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Here’s an important bit of news from the Ministry of Health and Wellness… November 6, 2021 Following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immunocompromised individuals by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health & Wellness has advised that it will effective immediately implement the recommendation and administer an additional dose … More Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica

Our health workers have been putting in the hours. Who can deny this – they have been dedicated, hard-working and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The United Nations in Jamaica decided to recognize them by encouraging government and private sector buildings to “light up blue” in recognition of the efforts of our … More House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica

PSOJ urges a unified approach in the vaccination effort

The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) is sounding a little exasperated, and who can blame them? I attended a press briefing by the Ministry of Health and Wellness this evening (surprisingly, very poorly attended by the media), and came away with the feeling that we are plodding along, doing more of the same – … More PSOJ urges a unified approach in the vaccination effort

COVID vaccination centres open in Jamaica this weekend: Details

There has been a great deal happening on the COVID-19 front in Jamaica. Before going into details in another post, I thought I would share with you this list of vaccination centres. Vaccine “hesitancy” remains high. Please, do go and get vaccinated this weekend! Protect yourself, and others. Here is the release from the Ministry … More COVID vaccination centres open in Jamaica this weekend: Details

Jamaica’s public hospitals only accepting emergency cases

Jamaica has reached its most difficult and stressful point as we do our best to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hospitals are now over capacity – there are no more COVID-19 beds. Concerns about oxygen have now come to the fore. The Ministry of Health and Wellness issued this press release earlier today. It is … More Jamaica’s public hospitals only accepting emergency cases

COVID vaccinations resume tomorrow in Jamaica (Monday, August 9)

It has been a rather nervous weekend, as COVID-19 numbers surge (we had 379 new cases yesterday), hospitals ar over capacity – and the “Dream Weekend” event carried on, regardless. Although great efforts were made with protocols, masks, sanitizing etc., a few videos have emerged that show a worrying lack of social distancing at the … More COVID vaccinations resume tomorrow in Jamaica (Monday, August 9)

Jamaica Economy Panel discusses vaccine hesitancy and the need for strong information campaigns

It has been disconcerting, frustrating and at times quite depressing to discuss vaccine hesitancy in Jamaica and elsewhere on social media. My heart sinks further when I read reports today about protests in St. Vincent (where the 75-year-old Prime Minister was injured during a demonstration, and is apparently not quite recovered) and in Barbados and … More Jamaica Economy Panel discusses vaccine hesitancy and the need for strong information campaigns

A clarification/correction on Jamaica’s vaccination numbers; and new COVID restrictions start tomorrow

I have to confess I am not good at numbers. So I made an error in yesterday’s account of the Ministry of Health and Wellness briefing on COVID-19. Let me set it straight. I noted yesterday: “Over 300,000 have received their first dose. This includes 122,000 who have received their second.” Incorrect! (I have removed … More A clarification/correction on Jamaica’s vaccination numbers; and new COVID restrictions start tomorrow

Jamaican vaccine update: Yes, there’s a global shortage and Yes, there is nothing certain about COVID-19

A sort of mild panic seems to have set in among some Jamaicans about obtaining their second dose of AstraZeneca. It has all become a bit muddled over the weekend, as another blitz began. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has repeatedly stated that this weekend would be for the over-50 age group only who … More Jamaican vaccine update: Yes, there’s a global shortage and Yes, there is nothing certain about COVID-19