Jamaica: The government of Jamaica has rolled out a vaccination incentive sub-programme – Conditional Cash Transfer for the Vaccinated – CCTV for the people of 60 years and above in order to encourage people to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 mutant.
Dr Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, while informing the House of Representatives, noted that more than 100,000 Jamaicans over the age group of 60 would receive a sum of $10,000 (each) as an incentive to those who had been fully vaccinated.
The Minister further noted that as per data of 5 June 2021, only 42,254 older people had been vaccinated, and only 7,052 had received their second jab against the deadly mutant.
Further expressing his disappointment on the statistics, he asserted that “As an added incentive for the people over 60 years to become fully vaccinated, the government has now decided to remove $1.5 million thresholds from the incentive.”
The Minister further informed that the CCTV grant would only be available to senior citizens who have an income of $1.5 million or less (per annum) and added this grant is revealed to all residents over the age of 60 who have got vaccinated through the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
This grant sub-programme would be administered digitally via the COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees – CARE Programme platform. Individuals above 60 years who are fully vaccinated can apply for the grant, starting from 15 July 2021.
To apply for the grant, the senior citizens need to first log in to the WeCare platform at – www.wecare.gov.jm and give their first and last names, taxpayer registration number, and government-issued identification, date of birth, mobile phone number, e-mail address, vaccination type, and batch numbers.
The Minister further informed that they would communicate the citizens primarily through text messages and e-mail and advised once their application is validated and approved.