Whereas males are reported as dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately increased fee than girls, the Ministry of Well being says that males’s fee of COVID-19 vaccination up to now is 43 per cent, trailing behind girls’s vaccination fee of 57 per cent.
Throughout a digital press convention held Thursday night to supply an replace on the Ministry of Well being’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Director of Household Well being Companies Dr Melody Ennis mentioned that the upper COVID-19 loss of life fee amongst males could also be on account of them not looking for to verify any underlying circumstances they might have.
“What we’ve seen is that we proceed to have extra females than males accepting this vaccine. Our deaths in-country, and certainly the world over, are seeing extra males dying, and there are many theories as to why this will likely occur,” mentioned Ennis.
“Their health-seeking behaviour is a little bit bit completely different from females, and as such, they don’t go in and get their underlying circumstances checked. We recognise that we’ve that problem, and, after all, we implore our gents to return out and get the vaccine.”
MEN ACROSS JAMAICA
Between March 10 and Might 11, 63,319 males throughout Jamaica bought their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in comparison with 82,827 girls. Of the 47,020 confirmed circumstances recorded as much as Wednesday, 20,706 have been males and 26,311 have been girls, however there have been 464 deaths amongst males in comparison with 370 girls who died from the virus.
Nationwide Epidemiologist Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, who additionally addressed the press convention, dismissed ideas that the distinction within the numbers indicated the next stage of vaccine scepticism amongst males.
“The figures converse to the chance of dying quite than to the vaccination, so males in Jamaica and world wide appear to have the next danger of dying as soon as they’ve contracted COVID-19. For this reason we promote that the boys get on board with vaccination to lower their danger of extreme illness and loss of life,” mentioned Webster-Kerr.
So far, 146,147 Jamaicans have acquired their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the South East Regional Well being Authority reporting the very best vaccination fee at 46 per cent. That is adopted by the Southern Regional Well being Authority at 21 per cent, the Western Regional Well being Authority at 20 per cent, and the North East Regional Well being Authority at 13 per cent.
The Ministry of Well being has additionally introduced a discount within the age restrict for individuals eligible to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations, with individuals 50 years and older now in a position to entry vaccines. The earlier restrict was for individuals 60 years and older.