The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, is adding its voice to those who have expressed concern, that Jamaica is yet to receive the first doses of COVID 19 vaccines.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in early February told parliament Jamaica will receive the first batch by month end.
But at a media conference last week the Health and Wellness Minister said he could not give a definitive date for the roll out of the country’s vaccination program.
President of the JMDA, Dr Mindi Fitz Henley says they hope to have a clearer picture of where things are when they meet with the Minister this week.
The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, has criticized the government for the delay, noting that other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad have already started vaccinating some of their population.
But Dr Tufton has reportedly pushed back against the criticisims, saying the government is taking a ‘safety first’ approach to vaccine sourcing and dissemination in Jamaica.
In the meantime, Dr Fitz Henley says the COVID numbers especially in recent weeks, should be of concern.
She says the lack of adherence to the protocols by some in the society, only puts additional pressure on the medical professionals.
Dr Mindi Fitz Henley, President of the Medical Doctors’ Association, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News.