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

Jamaica’s vaccine sites for the Heroes’ Day holiday weekend: October 16 to 18, 2021

“Be a Hero” is the slogan the Ministry of Health and Wellness has adopted for this weekend’s vaccination blitz. The all-island vaccination drive takes place Saturday, October 16 to Heroes Day on Monday October 18, 2021 with 90 vaccination sites set to open throughout the period. The Heroes Weekend vaccination thrust comes as the Ministry … More Jamaica’s vaccine sites for the Heroes’ Day holiday weekend: October 16 to 18, 2021

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

Heart Foundation of Jamaica lights up Usain Bolt’s statue for World Heart Day

There was a big splash of bright red, lighting up our champion sprinter Usain Bolt (his statue, that is) recently. Why? As part of this year’s World Heart Day celebration, The Heart Foundation of Jamaica – which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year – illuminated the Usain Bolt statue, located at the National Stadium … More Heart Foundation of Jamaica lights up Usain Bolt’s statue for World Heart Day

COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

In my last news update, I wrote: It was disturbing to learn recently that only 10 per cent of the prison population has been vaccinated (was a truly concerted effort to get them vaccinated ever undertaken?) Now even more worryingly, we learn that 58 prisoners and 38 staff members have tested positive.  In his State of … More COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

With tropical storms pottering around in the Atlantic (two are called Peter and Rose, the names of our nephew and niece, respectively), it has been warm and muggy in Kingston. Clouds appear and do not bring rain. It has been a week of surprising developments – not least that of the toast to “No Movement … More September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

Jamaica to lead PAHO Directing Council meeting

Our Ministry of Health and Wellness team, headed by Minister Christopher Tufton, has been selected to head an important meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a branch of the World Health Organization. This is impressive (but, I suspect, a lot more work for Minister Tufton & Co., as if they didn’t have enough … More Jamaica to lead PAHO Directing Council meeting

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

Record numbers vaccinated in one day in Jamaica

No Movement Day #3. And it was hectic in some areas, as Jamaicans crowded vaccination centres – mostly outside the city of Kingston – in surprising numbers. Although the Government was targeting high school students, aged 12 to 18, for the Pfizer vaccinations, to enable them to return to face-to-face classes – many adults turned … More Record numbers vaccinated in one day in Jamaica