The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, JMDA, is contradicting a statement from the Health Ministry that there’s an adequate supply of the H1-N1 flu vaccine in the island.
In a statement this afternoon, the JMDA said it’s concerned about the availability of flu vaccines for its members at hospitals island-wide.
It says checks in each region have shown a shortage of the flu vaccine.
According to the JMDA, the National Chest Hospital was supplied with 20 vaccines for its 50 staff members
The JMDA says at the St. Ann’s Bay, Annotto Bay, and Port Maria Hospitals, the vaccine supply ran out within two days.
It says the University Hospital had started vaccinating staff last week but quickly ran out after supplying the most critical staff working in the Intensive Care Unit.
The JMDA says the supply at the Kingston Public Hospital ran out within two days.
Reports from the JMDA say the Mandeville Regional Hospital exhausted its supply of the vaccine on Monday.
According to the JMDA, doctors in health centers are also struggling to find the vaccine.
It says this is dangerous as the doctors are working on the front line and mingling with patients with flu-like symptoms.
The JMDA says the H1-N1 vaccine is currently out of stock at most health centers.
It says its members are concerned for their health and are urging the speedy procurement of more vaccines.
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