Hykel Nunes reports

The Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ, says its members are concerned about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

It’s projected the vaccine will become available in Jamaica next year.

President of the NAJ, Patsy Edwards-Henry, says healthcare workers feel pressured by the public to take the vaccine first.

But, she says the vaccine should be administered to politicians to build public trust.

On December 1, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed off on the reappointment of the COVID-19 Special Select Committee.

In an interview with Nationwide News this morning, NAJ President, Patsy Edwards-Henry, says nurses are not against taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, she explains that nurses are people too and have similar concerns:

Mrs. Edwards-Henry says nurses feel pressured.

She notes the public will respond more positively to taking the vaccine, if it’s administered to politicians first.

The NAJ President says the Health Ministry is aware of the concerns among frontline workers about the vaccine.

She elaborated that the ministry trials for coronavirus vaccines are not new:

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, says the COVID-19 vaccine should be administered to healthcare workers first.

President of the JMDA, Dr Mindi Fitz Henley, says it’s not an unfair request.

In response to the NAJ’s statement that politicians should take the vaccine first, Dr. Fitz-Henley, says people should not follow conspiracy theories about the vaccine:

The JMDA President explains that she’s confident the Health Ministry will not distribute an unsafe vaccine to the public.

Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley, JMDA President.