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Vaccine mix-up results in momentary closure of UHWI centre

SOME medical medical doctors are claiming that there was misappropriation of vaccines on the College Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to people who weren’t within the goal demographic leading to a short lived closure of the vaccine centre on March 31.

The claims come after a letter from Dr Tomlin Paul, Dean of the School of Medical Sciences (FMS) at The College of the West Indies, was addressed to the FMS Administration Committee advising that the vaccination centre on the UHWI had been briefly closed as of Wednesday, March 31 , 2021 and when it reopens, the appointments and rescheduling will probably be managed by the Ministry of Well being and Wellness (MOHW).

The letter continued, “Going ahead all health-care employees and college students who want to be vaccinated on the UHWI might want to make an appointment from the MOHW web site, as soon as there they are going to be required to decide on the UHWI vaccine centre as a health-care employee.

Upon circulation of the letter, medical doctors mentioned the explanation for the MOHW now managing the positioning was as a result of “it was free for all” when it comes to administration.

“It was a free for all. All kinds of individuals had been turning up with out appointments,” one physician at UHWI instructed the Jamaica Observer.

One other physician on the hospital instructed the Sunday Observer, “So far as I do know, it has been closed as they had been giving vaccines to individuals who had been to not be receiving on the time.”

As well as, one other senior physician on the establishment mentioned, “From what I do know of UHWI, UHWI is utilizing its place to place whoever it’s in line for vaccines. I heard individuals had been being promised by administration of the hospital that they may get vaccines from even earlier than the vaccines reached Jamaica.”

When contacted by e-mail, Nordia Francis Williams, supervisor, public relations and communication at UHWI directed the Sunday Observer‘s queries concerning the administration of the vaccination centre and the claims about misappropriation to the MOHW.

The Sunday Observer additionally contacted Dr Carl Bruce, senior director of medical providers on the hospital, however he was additionally tight-lipped, and directed queries to the MOHW. When requested if the hospital couldn’t remark by itself affairs, Dr Bruce mentioned vaccines on the campus are coordinated in any respect three websites by the MOHW.

When the Sunday Observer initially contacted Dunstan Bryan, everlasting secretary within the MOHW he first mentioned he was unaware that the ministry was now managing the vaccine centre at UHWI. After making additional checks, Bryan mentioned there was a little bit of confusion and the hospital was now starting its course of to renew vaccination beginning Monday, April 12.

“UHWI was within the first occasion vaccinating their well being employees. After they accomplished the vaccination of well being workers then they moved to the vaccination of the final inhabitants,” he mentioned.

Relating to claims of vaccine misappropriation, Bryan mentioned he was not conscious of such occurrences “right now”.

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