Diaspora should encourage residents to get vaccinated: PM Holness

During the Virtual Jamaica Diaspora, the Prime Minister of Jamaica island has stated that Diaspora should encourage the citizens to take their doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine and defend the government's decision to keep stern COVID-19 measures.

Jamaica: During the Virtual Jamaica Diaspora, the Prime Minister of Jamaica island has stated that Diaspora should encourage the citizens to take their doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine and defend the government’s decision to keep stern COVID-19 measures.

He further stated that if the Diaspora wants to relax the COVID-19 measures, then they should encourage the Jamaican people at home to take their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The prime ministers stated, “The government’s COVID-19 response to that of other nations, particularly the United States, but there are several differences between Jamaica and the US, the most important is the rate of COVID-19 vaccination.”

PM Holness further informed that the vaccination rate of Jamaica is less than eight per cent of the individuals who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while in the US and other nations, the novel coronavirus vaccination rate is near 50 per cent, which decreases the risk of catching COVID-19 mutant.

Following the statement, he further asserted that the Diaspora could play a very vital role in helping Jamaica to encourage their family members on the island to take their jab of the COVID-19 vaccine and added, “The only way we will have any confidence of a full reopening without a reoccurrence of a spike is if that reopening is coupled with vaccination.”

PM Holness also noted that the citizens of the island had been impacted by the lockdown financially, mentally and physically, too and informed that the government would soon announce modifications in the COVID-19 health protocols.

As per the statistics, since the pandemic started, the island reported around a total of 49,564 cases of the novel coronavirus, out of which a total of 28,333 individuals have been recovered from the deadly virus. So far, the island has reported around 1,028 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.