Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

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Here’s an important bit of news from the Ministry of Health and Wellness…

November 6, 2021

Following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immunocompromised individuals by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health & Wellness has advised that it will effective immediately implement the recommendation and administer an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaicans, who are classified as immunocompromised according to WHO’s guidance.

The WHO has defined immunocompromised individuals as persons with immuno-compromising conditions and those receiving immunosuppressive treatment. These include persons with active cancer, transplant recipients, immunodeficiency, HIV and immunosuppressives. More details are published on the Ministry’s website (see table below).

Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, “The recommendation applies to persons who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and are in the vaccine-eligible age group. These persons are required to obtain a letter…

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Teen rescued after using Tik Tok hand gesture signaling domestic violence –

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US Passes Massive Infrastructure Bill, Investing in Clean Energy, Electric Cars, and Broadband Internet – Slashdot

Late Friday night U.S. Congressmen passed a long-awaited Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. “The infrastructure package contains $550 billion in entirely new investments, including money for electric-car charging stations and zero-emission school buses,” reports the Washington Post.

“The spending is mostly paid for — without raising taxes. The bulk of the funding comes from repurposing unspent coronavirus relief money and tightening enforcement on reporting gains from cryptocurrency investments.”

An additional $65 billion will fund broadband Internet, with new statements on the White House web site hailing the bill as “a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness” and “the largest investment in public transit in U.S. history.”

This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come. Combined with the President’s Build Back Framework, it will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.
Or, as U.S. president Biden said in his own statement, the newly-passed bill “will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path to win the economic competition of the 21st Century.”

To address the climate crisis, the legislation “will upgrade our power infrastructure, by building thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewables and clean energy, while lowering costs,” according to the White House’s statement. “And it will fund new programs to support the development, demonstration, and deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies to accelerate our transition to a zero-emission economy.” Source: US Passes Massive Infrastructure Bill, Investing in Clean Energy, Electric Cars, and Broadband Internet – Slashdot