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Jamaica: Large crowd delays vaccination process in Clarendon

The vaccination of people 75 and older at the Summerfield Community Health Centre in Clarendon on Thursday faced delays due to overcrowding at the facility.

The COVID-19 vaccination process was slated for 10:00 a.m. but had to be rescheduled to 2:00 p.m. due to the large gathering.

In addition to those being vaccinated, the centre had patients with appointments for curative care, psychiatric care, and the vaccination of babies.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, who visited the vaccination site in the central parish, questioned the parish’s health team on the possibilities of exploring other facilities to accommodate the COVID-19 vaccination process.

Tufton noted that the large gathering was in breach of the Disaster Risk Management Act.

Parish manager for the Clarendon Health Services, Joseph Grant, said that non-compliance with appointment times contributed to the overcrowding. 

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