American Friends of Jamaica Inoculation Drive Targets Thousands.

Over 8,000 individuals are being targeted to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccination programme being staged by American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) at Hopewell Sports Centre football field in Hanover, starting this week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the designated days.


“The AFJ has already committed $30 million (US$200,000) to a COVID-19 vaccine initiative and will support the roll-out plan set out by the Government of Jamaica to urge accelerated action to end the pandemic in Jamaica,” a release from the AFJ stated.


“The fund consists of a major donor advised contribution in addition to AFJ discretionary funds and other private donations. The AFJ will work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the National Vaccine Commission to establish infrastructure for vaccine distribution in communities over two phases,” the organisation added. The initiative will run Monday April 12th and Tuesday April 13th, then Friday, April 16 to Tuesday, April 20. The ultimate goal of the AFJ is to get to raise US$300,000 in order to vaccinate approximately 10,000 people.


According to the AFJ, individuals 60 years and older, and those with comorbidities will be the main target of the vaccination exercise. The communities to benefit are Sandy Bay, Jericho, Cascade, Rejoin, Cold Spring, Pondside, Potty Hill, Retrieve, Montpelier, Point, Kenilworth, Medley, Woodsville, Askinish, Kingsvale, Lances Bay, Cousins Cove, Welcome, Ramble, Content, Maryland, Lucea, and Hopewell.


Caron Chung (2nd left), executive director, American Friends of Jamaica hands over supplies to Elise Fairweather-Blackwood, director of Nursing Services, Victoria Jubilee Hospital during a ceremony inside the Kingston Public Hospital conference room on January 17. Looking on from (eft) are: Frances Fulton, programmes analyst at the American Friends of Jamaica and Joan Walker-Nicholson, director of Nursing Services, Kingston Public Hospital. (Photo contributed)


(This story first appeared in the Jamaica Observer)