Nurse gets first COVID vaccine jab in Jamaica

A public health nurse was the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Jamaica today, March 10.

Nurse Fiona Ellis (left) administers Jamaica’s first COVID-19 jab to health care worker Marcia Thomas-Yetmam . Looking on is Health minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Marcia Thomas-Yettman received the first of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine at the Good Samaritan Inn in Kingston and St Andrew, where a vaccination centre has been set up.

Roughly 300 people, including health care workers and the elderly, will receive their first jabs at the vaccination centre today. Former Prime Ministers PJ Patterson and Bruce Golding are among those to receive the jab.

Three thousand people are expected to be vaccinated across 50 centres island-wide today.

Jamaica received its first shipment of 50,000 vaccines, donated by India, on Monday. The island will receive another 14,500 vaccines under the COVAX facility today.