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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Jamaica Plans to Vaccinate Two Million Folks This Yr

(from left) Dunstan Bryan, everlasting secretary within the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, Well being Minister Dr. Chris Tufton and Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, the chief medical officer

Smaller islands within the Caribbean like Barbados, Grenada and Dominica have began the vaccinate their populations towards COVID-19. However one of many largest international locations within the area, Jamaica, has not but begun to take action. The federal government remains to be ready on vaccines from the World Well being Group (WHO) to kick-start its vaccination marketing campaign.

However at a press convention final week Thursday, the island’s minister of well being and wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton stated the delay has compelled the federal government to alter its plans relating to vaccination.

Plans at the moment are being made to vaccinate two million Jamaicans, up from half 1,000,000 that was beforehand introduced.

“We’re able now, based mostly on the finances, to say that we’ve the sources to safe vaccines for some two million Jamaicans,” Dr Tufton stated.

“The discussions which are going down now are round how will we safe the shares of vaccines, not whether or not or not we are able to afford it. Now we have locked these funds and subsequently it actually now’s a operate of whether or not we are able to get it,” he stated.

“We will purchase as much as 3.5 million doses, 5 billion Jamaican {dollars}, two million Jamaicans, and that’s a dedication that the Authorities is making to the populace as a part of the COVID response,” the minister stated.

The island’s main roadblock is now securing the pictures. Dr. Tufton and Prime Minister Andrew Holness have famous that richer nations shopping for vaccines in bulk is among the many main hindrances.

Along with getting vaccines by means of the WHO COVAX facility, Tufton stated the Indian Authorities has dedicated to donating 50,000 doses of the COVAXIN vaccine to Jamaica, whereas one other 50,000 doses are anticipated to be procured by the non-public sector.

On the press convention, Dr. Tufton additionally addressed the difficulty of information safety surrounding the federal government’s JAM COVID-19 app for vacationers.

Since early final week, the federal government has come below scrutiny after a world tech firm revealed that the non-public information of vacationers to Jamaica was left unsecured.

Tufton remained tight-lipped on the difficulty however stated that the federal government was dedicated to defending confidential data of all its guests.

“The Authorities (is) very clear on the necessity to safe the non-public data of those that use the app and specifically, because it pertains to public well being. Now we have had a long-established custom of confidentiality by way of affected person information,” he stated.

Dr. Tufton is the primary authorities minister that has publicly spoken on the difficulty, which has gained worldwide media consideration. The Jamaican authorities on Thursday stated it has launched a legal investigation into the safety breach.

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