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Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Kemisha Shaw-Kelly is cautioning vaccinated persons not to interfere with the area of the arm where they were injected.

The Medical Officer, who was addressing a Jamaica Information Service virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Sensitisation Session on Monday (September 13), said individuals who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) will experience some discomfort at the injection site, but it should not be troubled.

“You might have some tenderness to the area due to the injection. It might feel warm, redness, it might itch, you might see some swelling or bruise where the injection was given; don’t squeeze it, don’t rub it, just leave it,” she told the forum.

The session was used to clarify various issues surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination, and to address concerns of staff members at the JIS related to vaccination.

Chief Executive Officer at the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said she believes the session was necessary to help staff deal with the pandemic.

“The JIS requested the session with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, in order to create a forum for our team members to have their queries answered about preventing and treating COVID-19.

“We also wanted an opportunity for those who are hesitant about the vaccine to share their concerns. As the Government’s news and information agency, we recognise the importance of applying knowledge gained from accurate information. We have to combat misleading information, and this was one way to do so. We received positive feedback from our team, which felt that it was an insightful and informative session.”

Dr. Shaw-Kelly, in pointing out how vital it is for persons to be protected from the deadly disease by being vaccinated, said data in Jamaica and across the globe are showing that persons being ravaged by COVID-19 are the unvaccinated.

“Over 90 per cent of persons who are on ventilators, who had to be given oxygen, they have not gotten any vaccine. A few would have gotten one dose of the vaccines,” she said, adding that the unvaccinated are 11 times more at risk “of dying from COVID.”

Dr. Shaw-Kelly further said that the evidence has shown that the vaccinated are not the persons who require hospitalisation, as when they exhibit symptoms that are related to COVID-19, they don’t go further than the accident and emergency departments at hospitals.

“The COVID-19 vaccines… are safe and effective; they have been saving lives and they will save lives. The vaccines will allow countries to open back their economies, and will [help] in the return of face-to-face schooling as well as other [normal activities] such as more people going to church,” the Medical Officer stated.

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