27 July 2021

Vaccines work: Making sure to protect my mom against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy for many Jamaican families, but we count our blessings. My mum got her second shot of the COVID vaccine on June 13. As a senior citizen she is among the most vulnerable, and COVID-19 literally put much of her life on hold. Seniors were told to stay home so I started doing her grocery shopping. Places of…, Pandemic put her life and helping children on hold, Before she got the COVID-19 shot, we talked honestly about the vaccine. Her sister in the United States was the first family member to get the vaccine. In Jamaica, a sister who is a nurse was among those first to get it. Still there were fears, concerns, hesitation. So much was unknown. Eventually we decided it was wisest to take any protection…, Memories of past vaccination efforts in Jamaica, “That’s me right there (with the pigtails and ribbons) and my family. It was 1982 and we were all getting vaccinated against polio as there was an outbreak in Jamaica in that year. My mum dressed us up and took the family to our parish capital, Mandeville, to make sure we were protected against this deadly virus. I remembered this recently when we…, UNICEF platform helps accelerate national rollout, As the world’s largest provider of vaccines, @UNICEF cares about vaccination. That’s why we provided CommCare – a digital platform to help @themohwgovjm workers manage Jamaica's national rollout. #VaccinesWork #GetVaccinated #GetBacktoLife pic.twitter.com/wFxlci1Vt5 — UNICEF Jamaica (@UNICEFJamaica) June 15, 2021 When I looked at comments under…