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  • Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says given the constraints Jamaica faces, he is very pleased with the country’s rate of vaccination.
  • He was speaking at the launch of Vaccination Week in the Americas, today (April 27), on the grounds of the Maxfield Park Health Centre, in Kingston.
  • The week runs from April 26- May 2 and will be observed under the theme: ‘Boost Your Power! Get Vaccinated!’

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says given the constraints Jamaica faces, he is very pleased with the country’s rate of vaccination.

“The coverage of vaccination in Jamaica is fantastic. These are difficult times and in spite of that, we have been able to achieve over 90 per cent for all the vaccinations. That is remarkable and is First World in terms of achievement,” the Minister said.

He was speaking at the launch of Vaccination Week in the Americas, today (April 27), on the grounds of the Maxfield Park Health Centre, in Kingston.

The week runs from April 26- May 2 and will be observed under the theme: ‘Boost Your Power! Get Vaccinated!’

Dr. Ferguson emphasised that vaccination provides the most cost-effective method to prevent diseases and stops some two to three million persons from dying globally each year.

He commended the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) for its assistance in the coverage that is provided for the population.

“A lot of praise has to be given to PAHO, which has set up a revolving loan fund and an economy of scale between the countries in the Americas, to bring the cost of vaccines down,” the Minister noted.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ferguson said the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be introduced in Jamaica, and that he will elaborate on the subject when he speaks in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 5.

The Human Papilloma Virus affects the human skin and the moist membranes of the human body, such as the throat, mouth, feet, fingers, nails, anus and cervix.

Vaccination Week in the Americas began with a church service at the Boulevard Baptist Church on Sunday, April 26.