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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