The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) is announcing a successful completion of a three-day vaccination site at Caymanas Park in St. Catherine. The AFJ administered 2,049 COVID-19 vaccines to the greater Portmore community. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines were administered to the general population, including vulnerable groups such as diabetics and the elderly and for students aged 12-18.
The AFJ’s efforts to support widespread vaccine access in Jamaica began in April in the Parish of Hanover. First doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered on April 12th, followed by a second blitz site administering second doses on July 6th. Across the two blitz sites, 1,200 individuals were inoculated.
We thank healthcare professionals who worked tirelessly at the site and who continue to keep Jamaica safe during these times. In the wake of Jamaica’s current lockdowns, we were happy to see the large turnout for vaccinations. In addition, diabetic and hypertensive screening was available onsite through the Diabetic Association of Jamaica. The AFJ continues to recognize and support the MOHW’s extensive efforts in Jamaica during the pandemic.
The AFJ thanks our sponsors and collaborators for supporting the execution of the blitz: the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), Southeast Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Main Event, Caymanas Park, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, Portmore City Municipality, the Diabetic Association of Jamaica, Sanmerna, and LASCO. We further greatly appreciate support from the private sector and local communities in aiding vaccination efforts.
Donate now to our COVID-19 Vaccine Fund https://www.gofundme.com/f/giveafj