9,000 fully vaccinated in south-central regionWednesday, June 16, 2021
BY KASEY WILLIAMS
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Almost 9,000 people in the south-central region have received their two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with health officials anticipating a greater vaccination take-up.
Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Director Michael Bent told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that 8,891 people were fully vaccinated in the region.
“For the region in terms of total vaccinated you have 39,298 and of those, 8,891 have gotten [their] second dose,” he said.
The second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is due eight to twelve weeks after the first dose.
Bent said more than 3,000 people were vaccinated at Manchester High School last weekend.
“Over those three days 3,110 persons would have been vaccinated. On Saturday we have 846, Sunday 1,192 and Monday 1,072. Of those amounts 2, 178 would have received their second dose,” he said.
“We are encouraged by the number of persons who actually came out for the last three days,” he added.
An elderly woman who asked not to named told the Observer yesterday that her appointment for the second dose of the vaccine was rescheduled when she turned up at Mandeville Regional Hospital.
'They said to me that I have to come back because they haven't got enough vaccine, and is not me alone. Everybody that came there, they [health workers] took our cards, write off the number as well as my phone number and said they will get in touch with me,” she said.
However, Bent said appointments were rescheduled for some persons due to an insufficient take-up of the vaccine yesterday.
“Based on [what] the medical officer [told me] it is not that they ran out of the vaccine; it is matter of them rescheduling the persons not to waste any. You don't open [the vial] if you don't have enough takers there,” he explained.
In the meantime, Bent said the level of bed occupancy on COVID-19 isolation wards in the southern region — which is Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon — has been continuously trending down.
He said of the 98 beds on isolation wards at hospitals in the region up to Monday only 16 were occupied by COVID-19 patients.
“Those have been going in the right direction. I really hope that [it] can be reduced even further. We are asking persons to follow the protocols and get vaccinated so that we can get back to some amount of normalcy,” he said.
He told the Observer of the upcoming vaccination blitz in the region.
“For this weekend we have blitz[es] on [June 19] at Santa Cruz and at Denbigh [Agricultural, Industrial and Food showground] in Clarendon [June 19 to 22] for persons who would have received their first jab when they had the blitz in early April,” he said.
The Mocho Health Centre will be open for vaccination on June 20 and the Kelitts Health Centre on June 26.
In Manchester the Christiana Health Centre and Mandeville Regional Hospital are open for vaccination.
In St Elizabeth the Maggotty and Junction health centres will be offering vaccination.
A vaccination blitz is scheduled for June 26 at Independence Park in Black River and the Junction Health Centre.
Bent is reminding the people to check their vaccination cards for when their second dose is due.
“Take your card with you to the vaccination centre [and] your ID; please look at the date for vaccination. Once you are fully vaccinated then your card will be stamped 'fully vaccinated',” he said.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness on Monday launched the CommCare software which it says will allow for the registration of Jamaicans who are vaccinated and for analysis of that data for current and future reference.