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Health Ministry increases access days for yellow fever vaccines

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:43 PM

The Ministry of Health says it's implementing new schedules to increase the public’s access to yellow fever vaccines.

The ministry says vaccines are now available at the Comprehensive Health Centre on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:30 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.

It says the vaccines can be accessed at the Montego Bay Type 5 Health Centre in St. James every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 o'clock in the morning to 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

The health ministry says yellow fever vaccines will be administered at a cost of $1,500.

The ministry is advising members of the public they should get vaccinated at least 10 days before travelling to countries affected by yellow fever.

Last week, the health ministry said people travelling from yellow fever-affected countries would not be allowed into Jamaica without proof of vaccination.

Jamaicans returning from affected areas will be subjected to screening. 

The ministry noted that there is currently a yellow fever outbreak in Angola and ongoing transmission in Brazil, Peru China, Kenya, and the Congo.

The ministry has urged especially those who plan to go to Brazil for the Rio Olympics to get vaccinated before their travel.