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Will Jamaicans Take The COVID-19 Vaccine?

By Arriel Bullock, Associate Writer

The first batch of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccines; donated to Jamaica by the Government of India; finally arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, March 8, 2021.

The 50,000 doses of vaccine was accepted from the Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Rungsung Masakuiby by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, along with the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.

The island should be receiving another 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on or before March 11, 2021. In addition, the African Medical Supply platform will supply Jamaica with 1.8 million doses of vaccine, starting in April, 2021.

As a result of these donations, as well as through other methods of procurement, the government is expected to have sufficient inoculations for two million (2,000,000) Jamaicans by the end of the year.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed millions of lives worldwide, creating fear, despair, uncertainty and economic decline.

The significant drop in tourist arrival has created a ripple effect across all sectors of Jamaica, with staff cuts, business closures, salary cuts, etc. affecting a significant number of residents.

Add to this school closures; with the associated challenges of distance/online learning; as well as the various curfews and social distancing/crowd control measures and many are experiencing pandemic fatigue.

The arrival of the vaccines is viewed by many as a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. For others, however, this is met with skepticism and trepidation. Is the vaccine safe? What are the adverse effects? Is this all a conspiracy? Are we sure this vaccine will work?

Yes the first set of doses has arrived, and the logistics of delivery and administering of them being implemented, but will Jamaicans take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

From the onset of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures, with talks of vaccine development, there has been a major divide regarding whether Jamaicans will actually take any resulting vaccine(s), with views vacillating on both sides over time.

Social media videos with claims of conspiracies, secret agendas and social experimentation have been circulating, stoking the flames of suspicion. Further inflaming these beliefs are the clips of interviews and articles questioning the efficacy of the vaccines in actually halting the spread and contraction of COVID-19.

There is concern regarding the fact that alternative methods of treatment are not being explored as aggressively as the vaccine is being touted, as well as the fact that many other diseases have been studied for years with no cure/vaccine in sight, but we are expected to trust a vaccine that was developed in under a year for a supposedly new virus.

Change is always scary and humans are naturally apprehensive of anything that seems to go against their accepted norms. The introduction of a ‘new norm’ is, therefore not something that is readily embraced. A good number of Jamaicans are superstitious and view strange and new ways of life through skeptical lenses.

Adding to that mix the strong Christian background of the island; with one of the highest number of churches per capita worldwide; and the result is another reason to fear this new type of vaccine, some viewing it as the ‘Mark of the Beast’ written about in the Bible.

On the other side of the spectrum, however, persons are tired of the curfews, lockdown measures, etc. Families are burdened with debt and financial insecurity, due to job losses or salary cuts. Parents, teachers and children are frustrated with the challenges of distance learning (inadequate internet service, being confined to a screen for hours on end, lack of access to required resources, etc).

Work-from-home has also created its own set of challenges, such as: lack of privacy, sporadic internet service, background noises in noisy neighborhoods, computer illiteracy, among others. As such, a significant number of Jamaicans are ready for a return to normal and if this vaccine promises that, they are ready for it now.

Some companies have sensitized their staff to the necessity of taking the vaccine. The government has done its part in providing details regarding the process of inoculation, the need for it and the measures being put in place to effectively secure and provide safe vaccines for the populace.

The Minister of Health has done various press briefings, as well as social media postings to try to quell the fears of the nation, answering; as best as possible; any lingering questions. The country is ready to move past this pandemic and resume its position on the world market as a destination of choice that is open for business.

There are persons on both sides of this issue already preparing to either take or oppose the inoculation of themselves and/or their children. There are others in the middle applying a ‘wait and see’ approach.

Will Jamaicans take the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available? The proof of the pudding is in the eating, they say, and only time will tell.

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Mar 16, 2021
Vaccine why should I?
by: Anonymous

IIf the Prime Minister nor the Health minister dont take it why should I?

Mar 15, 2021
Take the Vaccine
by: Anonymous

Nice article, glad it was shared. I think if people can get the vaccine they should take it. Most vaccines are unavailable to fight most diseases because it takes large amounts of money to produce them. Because this turned out to be a world wide pandemic it was imperative that a solution be found. Most diseases have a cure it's just not shared with the general public. Pharmaceutical companies, Doctors, Labs, and all other medical related companies make large sums of money each year by treating diseases rather than curing them. As an example, in the US each diabetic patient represents $14,000.00 to the industry therefore, there is no motivation to share the cure. However, because this pandemic impacts the global market worldwide it must be contained. I believe it is safe to take it because every country wants things to return to normal. Money flowing again, schools open, planes flying, families gathering and spending money keeping the economy going is the goal. Rest assured all countries want this!!

Mar 15, 2021
Dire Explanation!!
by: Anonymous

First I must Commend you for this well Informative Article. Outlined majority of what we are facing today as a Nation.
However, in a little time as less than a year a
VACCINE has being developed. Funny isn't it. Yet other illnesses and Diseases that has been causing death in humans throughout the human history, you cannot be vaccinated against such. For instance, Cancer, Chicken Pox, Common Cold, Jaundice just to name a few.

I believe that there should be some sort of explanation, dire explanation, about this Vaccine, because mind you, they are still in the Testing Stage.
What are the side effects of this vaccine?

The first Person who should be Vaccinated would be the Prime Minister, then the Health Minister and Follow down the line. They are leaders, they should lead by and with example.

Mar 10, 2021
Thanks for the excellent article
by: Cheri Avery Black

The author did a great job outlining many of the issues challenging our ability to activate our critical thinking. Big Money is influencing, disparaging, and censoring information important to our decisions and well informed consent.

Let's focus on rebalancing our world so that we can live in health and peace. Understanding the New Biology which has emerged in the recent 40 years replacing the outmoded and disproven Germ Theory is a great place to start. The clearest most compassionate explanation and exciting vision I've found in my extensive research is with Dr. Zack Bush. I'd enjoying hearing what stands out for you.

Mar 10, 2021
Trust Big Pharma or Body
by: Cheri Avery Black

In 2013, by dramatically changing my lifestyle to emphasize healthy organic eating, exercise, sunshine, and prayer/meditation, my body healed me from a grim Stage 4 lung/uterus cancer diagnosis in just 3 months.

Many others have experienced the natural way as the best, with nothing but good side effects. (This goes for other dis-ease as well.) Chemo has a dramatically worse track record.

Since 1986, Big Pharma was getting sued a lot for death and disabilities from their DTP vaccine; lobbied the US Congress and received total immunity from liability for harm done from any vaccines. Congress set up a Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which has already paid out more than $4 BILLION USD while it is estimated only 1% of deaths/disabilities get reported.

In March 2020 the US Prep Act excluded anything and anyone dealing with vaccines from liability. This raises a big red flag for many. Question: If you wouldn't buy a car or appliance without a warranty, why would you allow injections into your body by a system that takes NO responsibility?

Especially since throughout the system, entities are profiting big time. Of many scientists/doctors who make sense to me, and are above and beyond the controversy about vaccines, my favorite is My research is free at and

May we all have freedom to choose how we maintain our heath and focus on ridding our environment of pervasive toxic chemicals as if our lives depended on it...because it does. When nature is sick, we are sick. You are welcome to contact me about how we can save ourselves.

Mar 10, 2021
good article
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing this article. It is interesting to read how other parts of the world cope with the pandemie. Your article covers all aspects of the problem and gives a good overview of how Jamaicans feel about it.

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