By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Jamaica’s Director of Family Health Services, in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Dr. Melody Ennis announced Thursday that there have been no deaths due to vaccinations against COVID-19 in Jamaica, in the six months that the island has been administering doses.

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Eleven (11) persons have died after being vaccinated; however, nine (9) of those cases were found to be due to other causes, making their vaccination coincidental. The other two deaths have been classified as indeterminate temporal, which means that while they occurred after the persons were vaccinated, there is no established link to their vaccination.

As of Friday, the island had administered 787,602 doses of vaccines. Of that number, 507,832 were first doses, 250,579 were second doses and 29,191 were single doses.

Also on Friday, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said 568,615 doses of vaccine are available in the island to administer to Jamaicans.

These include 390,180 doses of the AstraZeneca brand for first and second doses, and 178,435 of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose brand.

“We are saying to Jamaicans, please, if you have not yet gotten your vaccines or you need to get your second dose, or you need the one-jab vaccine, we have in stock. Go to a site that is available, either through the private window or public [sector], to benefit from this,” Dr. Tufton said.