State Minister of Health throws support behind community-based vaccinations

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Wednesday, August 11, 2021: State Minster of Health and Wellness, the Hon. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn will tomorrow (Thursday, August 12) support community-based vaccination efforts from her St. Andrew West Rural constituency.

This comes as the South East Regional Health Authority establishes two mobile sites at the Stony Hill High School and the Oberlin High School in the constituency from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the day.

“There are growing numbers of COVID-19 infections and associated increases in hospitalisations and death associated with this disease. We must disrupt that trend,” said the State Minister.

“We are, therefore, making vaccinations available to the people where they are. We are also making ourselves available to answer any queries people may have that take them closer to a decision to vaccinate. I implore our people to take advantage of these opportunities so that we can get back to life,” she added.

The set-up of the mobile sites in the State Minister’s constituency comes as the Ministry of Health & Wellness enhances island-wide efforts to prevent illness and death associated with COVID-19.

Island-wide vaccinations resumed on Monday, following a marathon blitz effort the week before that yielded more than 63,000 vaccinations of Jamaicans 18 years and older. The Health Ministry is seeking to administer some 700,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of September, in pursuit of the target to have 65% of the Jamaican population vaccinated by March 2022.

There is no appointment requirement to become vaccinated at a mobile site. Members of the public are, however, encouraged to turn up with their TRN and government-issued identification or a letter from a Justice of the Peace.

To access routine vaccination sites, members of the public are asked to make their appointments online at https://www.moh.gov.jm or call the Vaccination Call Centre at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683). Once persons have received their appointment confirmation, they are to visit their vaccination site on time and with their TRN and government-issued identification or letter from a Justice of the Peace.

The Ministry continues to urge members of the public to stay vigilant in their practice of infection prevention and control measures, notably, mask wearing, maintaining a physical distancing from others and frequently washing and/or sanitising hands.