Jamaica is to ship additional COVID constructive samples abroad to test whether or not different variants of the lethal illness are right here.
On Monday, Well being Minister Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed that the fast-spreading UK variant was detected in seven samples that have been despatched to Trinidad for testing a number of weeks in the past.
In accordance with Chief epidemiologist Dr Karen Webster Kerr, the turnaround time for testing for different COVID variants could take longer than it did to obtain the outcomes of the UK variant assessments.
Nevertheless, at a press convention Thursday, she stated the federal government can be investigating whether or not different COVID variants are in Jamaica.
Within the meantime, Tufton introduced that the primary 14,400 COVID vaccines underneath the COVAX facility are to reach on Monday.
He stated a complete of 124,800 doses are anticipated by Might, 2021.
Past that, starting April 2021, some 1.8 million doses are to be equipped underneath the African Medical Provide platform.
2,718 folks vaccinated on day one
Dr Melody Ennis, director of Household Well being Providers within the Well being Ministry has reported that 2,718 well being care staff and aged folks have been vaccinated on the primary day of the programme on Wednesday.
She stated of this quantity, there was a priority with 12 who confirmed unwanted side effects reminiscent of dizziness, vomiting and swelling.
Nevertheless, they have been handled and recovered in round quarter-hour, she stated.
Vaccination administration report:
Western Area: 804 individuals – 152% of goal
North East Area: 514 individuals – 99% of goal
South East Area: 1,208 individuals – 63% of goal
Southern Area: 192 individuals – 63% of goal
Goal for subsequent week: 17,000 folks
In the meantime, Tufton has stated there are indicators that Jamaica could also be seeing a plateauing of the will increase within the COVID reproductive price.
The reproductive price is the typical variety of infections linked to 1 COVID affected person.
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