IMMUNOCOMPROMISED JAMAICANS TO GET ADDITIONAL DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINES

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Following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immune-compromised individuals by the World Health Organization WHO, the Ministry of Health & Wellness has advised that it will effective immediately implement the recommendation and administer an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaicans, who are classified as immunocompromised according to WHO’s guidance.

The WHO has defined immune-compromised individuals as persons with immunocompromising conditions and those receiving immune-suppressive treatment.

These include persons with active cancer, transplant recipients, immunodeficiency, HIV and immune-suppressives.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, “The recommendation applies to persons who are moderately to severely immune-compromised and are in the vaccine-eligible age group. These persons are required to obtain a letter from their doctor, stating their eligibility and take to the vaccination site.