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Jamaica: Mobile strategy pitched as Jamaica lags Caribbean in vaccinations

With concerns that high-risk people in deep rural communities have not been netted by the mass vaccination programme over the past six weeks, one public-health expert says the roll-out of the mobile immunisation units could prove crucial in reaching those most vulnerable.

This comes amid emerging data that although Jamaica stands tall in gross volume of 135,473 vaccinations, the island, with 4.6 doses per 100 people, ranks at the bottom of the table in the independent English-speaking Caribbean in terms of COVID-19 immunisation administered relative to population size. The country is 84th on the table of 157 nations.

According to a New York Times tracker, only Antigua and Barbuda is in the global top 20 in vaccinations per 100 people. Antigua lies 17th with 30 per 100 people.

Ranking ahead of Jamaica are Dominica (25 per 100), Barbados (23/100), St Kitts-Nevis (20/100), St Lucia (13/100), St Vincent and the Grenadines (11/100), Belize (8.9), Grenada (8.8/100), and Guyana (7.7/100).

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