COVID-19 updates from Jamaica (January 8, 2022)

As Omicron is flying around the world at lightning speed, so it is in Jamaica. The problem with our island, though, is that the vast majority of our population is not vaccinated (close to 80 percent) despite vaccines being widely available (that is, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm). According to the Reuters Coronavirus … More COVID-19 updates from Jamaica (January 8, 2022)

COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

We got our booster shots this week. Our regular vaccination centre was bursting at the seams, so we drove down the road apiece to St. Joseph’s Hospital. As far as getting a needle stuck in your arm can be a pleasant experience – it really was! We sat under a big, airy tent on the … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

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)

IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

Yesterday (Friday, March 5) Jamaica recorded its highest ever number of new cases (527). In the past seven days, 29 people have died from COVID-19 and we have had around two thousand new cases. We have COVID-19 cases in every community, in every parish. As we are still waiting for the vaccine (the first batch … More IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

This is grim news. We are waiting to hear what Prime Minister Andrew Holness says when he speaks to Parliament at 2:00 p.m. Jamaica time today. This will be broadcast live on the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) YouTube page, cable TV channel, and Facebook page. Health officials and aides will be doing a … More Jamaica Records 400+ New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

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

The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

Writer and historian Dr. Anne C. Bailey, looking back, just decided to repost this moving article, which she first published in April, 2020 – just when the pain and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt deeply in the United States – and in particular in the state of New York, where Dr. Bailey … More The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition

Well, Christmas is over. We tried to make the best of it. Apart from a young man who insisted on riding his noisy motorbike up and down our street, Christmas was also quiet – perhaps because of the 7:00 p.m. curfew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, in some places the illegal parties continued … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition