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Jamaica's COVID-19 Vaccinations Go Door to Door

23 Nov

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Jamaica's COVID-19 Vaccinations Go Door to Door

The COVID-19 vaccine is now offered as an in-home service in Jamaica. As of October 24, 2021, at least nine health centers across Jamaica have begun house-to-house vaccinations, deploying healthcare teams from Hanover, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Trelawny, Westmoreland, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland, and St. Thomas ( Public health nurses and community health aides are going house to house in the communities to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to shut-ins, the disabled, and the elderly ( 

According to Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, the program is also designed to reach those in remote areas. "This house-to-house vaccination program is intended to take vaccines to communities that are not close to a fixed site and to persons who are not able to travel to these sites" ( Tufton goes on to compliment health-care teams, "I want to salute our public health workers who continue to show commitment to the COVID efforts, walking the hills and valleys to reach our most vulnerable citizens" ( 

The government of Jamaica continues to encourage citizens and residents to get vaccinated to help prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and/or death associated with COVID-19. As of October 24, Jamaica has administered a total of 849,003 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine--315,036 of which have completed the two prescribed doses. Meanwhile, 44,693 doses of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been given (  

One hundred and forty-five thousand doses of Pfizer vaccines are expected to arrive in the country by October 31, 2021. Just over 45,600 of those are a donation from Suriname, with the remainder sourced through the government's paid arrangement with the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility. 

As of October 27, 2021, 88,666 infections and 2,199 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Jamaica since the pandemic began ( The average number of new infections reported each day in Jamaica has fallen by more than 120 over the last 3 weeks and is now 124 new infections reported on average each day, 18% of its previous peak ( 




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