No policy yet but ministry open to exploring vaccine mixing – Bisasor Mckenzie

Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie has said that the country has no policy on vaccine mixing.

However, Bisasor McKenzie has not ruled out the practice but noted that the ministry was currently waiting on the technical evidence surrounding the efficacy of vaccine mixing and would continue to monitor the situation.

“We certainly recognise that there are some countries that are moving ahead with double vaccinations, we also see that there are certain countries that are widening the time for the vaccines. And many persons are responding and reacting to their local situation. And we’re probably going to have to do some of that as well,” said Bisasor McKenzie who was responding to a question posed about the ministry’s policy on the matter, given the supply challenges .

“But right now we are viewing what is happening. We’re waiting for the technical evidence seeing what there is, and that will guide a policy but as of now, there’s we don’t have a policy where that is concerned, but we have to be open to that change that may be needed, “ she added.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA)on Wednesday  (June 23) said there was “good scientific grounds” to suggest that mixing COVID-19 vaccines is safe and effective.

According to the EMA, all the approved vaccines work in a similar way — by stimulating an immune response to the viral spike protein.

The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec have both said they plan to mix vaccines in the near future, amid uncertainty over shipments of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab .