Jamaica on Monday acquired 14, 400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Facility, changing into the primary nation within the Caribbean to get their allocation of the vaccine from the worldwide Coalition.
Pan American Well being Organisation (PAHO)’s Revolving Fund, which is accountable for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for the nations of the Americas, despatched doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to the island.
The cargo provides to the 50,000 does that Jamaica had acquired from India on March 8.
“Seeing this arrival may be very reassuring and it signifies that extra individuals will be capable of be protected against COVID-19,” stated Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Consultant in Jamaica.
“We’ll proceed to work with the nation to assist vaccination together with the complete bundle of identified public well being and social measures that we all know may help cease the unfold of COVID-19, shield well being providers, and save lives,” she added.
The arrival of those first vaccines will serve to guard precedence teams and people most in danger, comparable to well being staff and older adults.
“We’re happy that Jamaica is the primary nation within the Caribbean to obtain vaccines below the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has confirmed an simple success within the public well being toolkit to scale back the burden of infectious illness, and vaccines below the COVAX facility symbolize a key a part of our response to this international pandemic. The quantity acquired will likely be used to inoculate our healthcare staff and different frontline staff, who’ve been on the core of our COVID-19 response,” famous Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Well being and Wellness of Jamaica.
Monday’s supply was a part of the primary part of deliveries for Jamaica, and extra vaccines are anticipated to reach all year long. The island is predicted to proceed receiving doses via Could till it reaches 124,800, the quantity specified by COVAX.
Because the first case of COVID-19 was reported right here, the nation has recorded over 31,000 COVID-19 circumstances.
“Each dose arriving in Jamaica brings the promise of safety for extra households from COVID-19 an infection. Over time, this can carry the pandemic to an finish and scale back its dangerous secondary impacts on youngsters. They’ll return to high school, entry important providers and scale back their vulnerability to violence,” stated Mariko Kagoshima, UNICEF consultant within the nation.
Fifteen Caribbean nations will obtain simply over 2.1 million doses of COVAX vaccines by Could. The others are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago. Six of those nations – Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines – will obtain the vaccines free.
COVAX seeks to offer vaccines for at the least 20 % of the inhabitants of every taking part nation throughout 2021.