Wednesday’s first day of COVID-19 vaccination in St James noticed well being employees popping out in droves to obtain their first jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which they hope will shield them in opposition to the lethal virus.
In response to Lennox Wallace who heads the St James Public Well being Companies, preparations have been made to vaccinate some 190 public well being employees, and far to his delight, the response was overwhelming.
“We’re doing 60 at this web site (Kind 5 Well being Centre), 100 at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) and 30 on the Sandals Inn resort,” stated Wallace, who spoke to The Gleaner after he was inoculated on the Kind 5 Well being Centre in downtown Montego Bay.
“We’re oversubscribed already by over 400 individuals,” continued Wallace. “My healthcare employees are prepared and they’re . My employees, which is over 500, has expressed curiosity and I’m completely satisfied to say that if these professionals have proven that stage of curiosity, then I consider that most people will do likewise.”
Wallace stated that previous to yesterday’s rolling out of the vaccination programme in St James, efforts have been made to make sure that well being employees have been mentally ready.
“I used to be ready mentally by my well being schooling unit together with the medical officer of well being. We’d have had over 5 coaching periods over Zoom, reaching each single member of employees, so there was no concern in any way,” famous Wallace.
“I’m feeling regular. I’m not having any results. I really feel like I may go to my workplace and proceed the work that the minister has given me to do and to proceed to assist the employees. Not even a twitch,” Wallace stated, in explaining his expertise.
In response to Wallace, the members of the St James Police Division, the Jamaica Defence Drive personnel and members of St James Fireplace Brigade, and the employees on the St James Municipal Company are subsequent in line to be vaccinated.
The parish’s indigents and shut-ins, who’re unlikely to have the ability to journey out from their varied places with out help, shall be supported in attending to the closest well being clinic.
“We’ve sufficient autos, not only for individuals to come back right here, however for us to enter the neighborhood, so we’re advising the general public, don’t worry, we’re coming to your neighborhood,” stated Wallace, in noting that a number of mass vaccination centres that shall be arrange throughout the parish.
“We’ve three different websites that shall be doing mass vaccination. We’ll go to the Montego Bay Conference Centre, we shall be at Jarrett Park after which we’ll go on to the Catherine Corridor Multipurpose Stadium. So the entry is being supplied so that every one individuals might be vaccinated,” added Wallace.
Along with the public-sector employees who have been vaccinated yesterday, a number of pharmacists additionally received the jab. Pharmacist Jermaine Harris of J&J Pharmacy informed The Gleaner that he fortunately took the vaccine.
“It was a seamless course of and I’m encouraging everybody else to come back out and get the vaccine,” stated Harris.
– Albert Ferguson