COVID update-April 9, 2021

The ministry of health and wellness press conference last night provided an overall update and focused on the vaccination programme:

The CMO discussed recent trends, which show a peak had been reached in cases and hospitalization, positivity and reproductive rates. She also discussed “adverse events” with vaccines highlighting recent claims about rare blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccines. The incidence is extremely low and benefits far outweigh risks.

Vaccines are now open to those over 60 and selected groups-staff Members of the Department of Correctional Services, Jamaica Fire Brigade, PICA and Jamaica Customs, tourism workers and teachers and other employees of educational institutions will be registered through their respective organizations:

Additional supplies-75,000 doses-arrived from the African Medical Support Platform, yesterday, bringing a total of about 135,000-enough for only about 5 percent of the population.

Vaccinations had reached 96% of March target.

Weekend blitz will now become a national exercise, and be over several days, starting April 9 and ending April 13, across the country (44 sites), from 9am-. The ministry has learned from experience of weekend blitzes of past two weekends. The target for the latest blitz is 50,000 doses. Curfew restrictions won’t apply to those going for vaccination.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)