The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU, is forming a partnership with the Health and Wellness Ministry to take the vaccination program to workplaces in an effort to reduce the levels of hesitancy among workers.

The JCTU noted their disapproval of mandating vaccinations in the workplace, saying a more reasonable approach is for better sensitisation on the vaccines.

The Union’s representatives were speaking at a Special Press Conference on Covid-19 Vaccination & Trade Unions at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston today.

Abigail Bartley was in attendance and filed this report.


JCTU President, Helene Davis Whyte, says the Union is significantly concerned at the high levels of vaccine hesitancy in the country.

Mrs. Davis Whyte says the partnership is a result of efforts to combat the increase in misinformation about the vaccine among the population.

President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU, Kavan Gayle, voiced his support for the partnership amid significant losses in the job market.

And, JCTU’s Vice President, St. Patrice Ennis, noted that with the negative impacts, now is the time for unity.