28,355 Jamaicans receive second dose of vaccine

June 11, 2021
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking at the virtual COVID Conversations press conference held on Thursday, June 10.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says as of Wednesday, June 9, some 28,355 Jamaicans have received their second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Jamaica has now completed 13 weeks of vaccination and 161,850 persons have at least received their first dose.

This represents approximately eight per cent of the targeted population (1.924 million).

Speaking at a virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on Thursday, Dr. Tufton said the Ministry also continues to administer second doses for persons who are due.

“There are some persons who were due to receive in May who have not come to get the second dose and we are still analysing. There are some persons who felt that because they had the one day or so side effect, they have become afraid to take the second dose,” Dr. Tufton said.

“I think it’s important to stress that not taking the second dose renders the effect, the efficiency and the protection of the first dose redundant over time. To put it simply, you are going back to square one, which means you become as vulnerable as someone who has not taken the vaccine at all,” he added.

The first dose can offer protection for up to 120 days.

“It would be a waste for you to get three months’ protection and then... you’re back to square one,” Dr. Tufton said.

The island has started to record a lower trend in the daily new cases of the coronavirus, with 69 being recorded in the last 24 hours.

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