Vaccination Time for Jamaican Seniors

Needless to say, we were happy to see the blue boxes carried in. And when they had organized themselves, the health workers started bustling around; beginning with some public education and counselling. Patients went on to the “jab” (I felt a sudden surge of anxiety for my husband at this point, and hovered around like a mother hen!) and then to the “recovery room,” where the vaccinated ones (vaccinees?) sat for twenty minutes to make sure they did not have any immediate adverse effects. After that, we checked out with another health worker and have an appointment for my husband to have his second shot on June 1 – a little under three months from now.

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This morning was an interesting experience. My dear husband, who falls in the over-75 bracket, received an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is the much-discussed AstraZeneca, which is the first vaccine that Jamaica has received, to date. By the way, Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to receive vaccines through the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility (which, so far, has been disappointingly low in terms of supplies).

Dr. Denise Eldemire-Shearer received her COVID-19 vaccine last week. (Photo: Joseph Wellington/Jamaica Observer)

We are on our doctor’s list. Professor Dr. Eldemire-Shearer is a very special person to us. She has been our family doctor since “way back when,” and she also happens to be in charge of theMona Ageing and Wellness Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI). She is also Patron of the National Council for Senior Citizens (a government entity) and Honorary Chair of the Caribbean…

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    1. And the AZ vaccine appears to be fine – but being hit on because it could, in the end, be the vaccine of choice by much of the world because of cost and ease of storage and shipping.

    2. Right! We haven’t had any problems with it so far in Jamaica – but then, we haven’t got very far with vaccinations. It was approved (and still is) by WHO so we are going with it and as you say – it’s cheaper!

    3. Right now, its competitors are working overtime to chip away at them because they have the capacity dominate the market or so it seems. Inexpensive, easy to transport and they have agreements with a number of other manufacturers to make and also profit from the drug. An Israeli firm and MIT are both working on nasal spray Covid vaccines – if the work and are introduced by this coming winter – everything changes for the better.

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