CCRP urges Jamaican political representatives to help rural elders get vaccinated

Petchary's Blog

We might assume that many Jamaicans over 60 who have not yet been vaccinated are hesitating or unwilling to get their first dose. However, our senior citizens face many practical challenges these days – none more so than those who are living in rural areas. The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons(CCRP) is worried that the most vulnerable age groups may be left behind. By far the largest percentage of deaths is among senior citizens over 60. And we have lost 948 Jamaicans to COVID-19, as of May 30. Most of those who have died in the past year and two months have been beloved grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts.

But have we thought of the possibility that many of our older citizens (who may also have disabilities) may not have the means or ability to access the vaccines – in other words, to get to their local health clinics…

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