Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says his ministry is seeing signs that more Jamaicans are warming up to the idea of being inoculated for COVID-19.
Jamaica had one of the highest vaccine hesitancy rates globally in 2020, with only 32 percent of the population saying they would take the jab according to a worldwide poll by Gallup.
Dr. Tufton stated:
“In the early stages prior to the first vaccine, we were worried about the level of take up. We thought we would have seen less than 50 percent, which is kind of historical as health care workers tend not to take the flu shots and so on.
But surprisingly we have seen higher numbers – above what we had originally anticipated, so that’s a good sign.”
“We do have an army of public health, primary health care practitioners and their substantial role is to go into the community.
So there is a lot of work to be done and I think that if we do it well, we will get those numbers up.”
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