Young vaccine naysayers have been warned to learn at the feet of elders about the benefits of inoculation to Jamaica following devastating outbreaks in the 1980s that crippled the society.
That advice came from veteran broadcaster and communications expert Fae Ellington as the Government embarked on a campaign to win hearts and arms.
“Young bud don’t know storm! Allow us to convince you and tell you how the thing runs,” Ellington quipped, citing a Jamaican proverb about nestlings, during a Gleaner Editors’ Forum on Wednesday.
Her retort was directed at dancehall entertainer Patrick Gaynor – one half of the comedic Twin of Twins – who has reservations about subscribing to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ellington, 67, said she was part of a generation that had seen how vaccination had blunted the dangers presented by poliomyelitis, rubella, and other diseases.
She urged the Ministry of Health and Wellness “to go grass roots” in an aggressive on-the-ground campaign to encourage Jamaicans to get inoculated.