Jamaica: PM Holness urges people for vaccination

As Jamaica is in an alarming situation regarding the third wave of coronavirus, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness urged people to vaccinate themselves. 

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Jamaica: As Jamaica is in an alarming situation regarding the third wave of coronavirus, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness urged people to vaccinate themselves

Notably, he warned that the country’s unvaccinated population “could become the foundation on which the third wave [is] carried”.

He further added, ” Therefore, I think every single Jamaican, when the opportunity comes, when your time comes, you should do what is in your best interest, what is in your parents’ and grandparents’ best interest, and what is in the interest of the country, in the interest of your children to return to school. Take the vaccine.”

Also, he noted that even if persons who have been vaccinated contract COVID-19, they will not suffer the worst effects of the coronavirus. 

The Prime Minister, who was addressing a virtual press conference on Monday (July 26), pointed out that “this virus intends to stick around,” stressing that the only way it will “go away” is if a large percentage of the population, at least 65 per cent, is inoculated against the disease.

“This is serious now. We recognise the psychological strain, the emotional strain. We heard the cries. We tried to give a little relief, but this pandemic, this virus is serious, and I can only appeal to the good sense and reason of the people of Jamaica,” the prime minister noted. 

Prime Minister stated that the only way to avoid spikes while this new wave is for “every single Jamaican to take personal responsibility… and to exercise extreme care, caution & diligence in obeying the established safety protocols”.

Prime Minister Holness stressed to citizens that apart from vaccination, persons must also maintain the health and safety protocols, which include, “wearing your mask; maintaining physical distance; sanitising your hands regularly; if you are ill, stay at home; if you know you are infected, isolate; [and] if you have travelled and you are not vaccinated, maintain the 14 days [quarantine].”