Jamaica begins vaccination of elderly MPs, public sector heads today

Jamaica will begin the process of vaccinating its over-60 Cabinet members, Parliamentarians, heads of ministries, departments and Government agencies today (March 16).

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton (second left), speaks with World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Representative, Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi (left) Sharing in the discussion are Advisor, PAHO Health Emergencies, Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse (second right); and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative, Mariko Kagoshima.

Their inoculation will be added to that of frontline healthcare workers and the security forces which began last Wednesday.

The island received its first shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, a donation of 50,000 doses from India, on Monday, March 8.

Since then, roughly 12,000 people have received their first shot of the two-dose vaccine.

Another shipment of 14,400 – the first under the global COVAX facility – arrived on the island yesterday, March 15.

More than 31,000 Jamaicans have been infected by the virus with deaths nearing 500.