Health Ministry inks contracts to expand vaccination sitesMonday, September 27, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Ministry of Health and Wellness on Monday signed agreements with 11 private entities to support the rollout of the National Vaccination Programme.
“We recently announced the plan to expand our vaccination access points, through collaboration with private health facilities, notably private hospitals and health centres, doctors’ offices and pharmacies; as well as with faith-based and community-based organisations,” said Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton.
“Today we are signing the first set of contracts that breathe life into those plans, as we move to accelerate vaccination islandwide, to prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death associated with COVID-19,” Tufton added.
The entities, which will add to the existing 55 fixed vaccination sites, are:
Vein Centres of Jamaica;
Health Plus Associates;
Portmore Health Complex;
Windsor Wellness Centre;
Baywest Wellness Hospital;
Winchester Surgical & Medical Institute/Winchester Laboratory;
Medical Associates; and
The private practice of Dr Michelle Holt, Nuttall Medical Centre, Kingston.
“In agreeing to partner on the execution of the National Vaccination Programme, these entities – at no cost to the public – are required to not only provide COVID-19 vaccination administration and processing of vaccination registration, but also to provide adequate staffing to accomplish vaccination, registration and address client questions and concerns,” Tufton explained.
Among other things, they are also to:
- have systems and protocols in place to handle possible urgent adverse events following vaccination;
- secure sufficient quantities of vaccine-associated supplies (such as personal protective equipment and specialised storage equipment);
- maintain vaccine records and documentation; as well as
- provide a completed Ministry of Health & Wellness COVID-19 Vaccination Card to vaccine recipients and dispose of waste associated with the services.
At 9 am on Monday, Jamaica had administered 738,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Of that number 499,035 were first doses, 214,070 were second doses and 25,395 were single doses.
“As a Ministry of Health and Wellness, we are pulling out the stops to afford members of the public every opportunity to get vaccinated, even as we urge the continued adherence to infection prevention and control protocols, notably mask-wearing, handwashing and physical distancing,” the Minister said.