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Jamaica – MOHW urges public to get COVID booster shots as 150,000 vaccines face expiration

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Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) is once again urging Jamaicans to get COVID-19 booster shots, notwithstanding the lifting of restriction measures and perceptions in the population about natural immunity.

The call also comes on the verge of the potential dumping of 150,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines which will expire at the end of May. Of those, 30,000 are Pfizer doses and the remainder, AstraZeneca shots which expire on April 30.

“COVID-19 vaccines continue to offer the best protection against severe illness, hospitalisation, and death from the SARS CoV2 virus. The ministry continues to encourage persons to get vaccinated and for persons who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine two or more months ago, and the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine six or more months ago, to come in for their booster shot. This will ensure that their immune system remains strong in the fight against COVID,” head of Family Health Services and the COVID-19 National Vaccination Programme, Dr Melody Ennis stressed.

She was responding to the question of whether health authorities are still encouraging booster shots for those who have received the primary series, with Jamaicans seemingly now enjoying some level of immunity from the novel coronavirus.

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