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Jakes Hotel marks 100% vaccination

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:10 AM
General manager of Jakes Hotel, Coleen Powell, receives the COVID-19 jab from a nurse in Black River during a vaccine blitz.
General manager of Jakes Hotel, Coleen Powell, receives the COVID-19 jab from a nurse in Black River during a vaccine blitz.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Throwing hesitancy out the door and embracing the COVID-19 vaccines, Treasure Beach’s Jakes Hotel and its Jack Sprat restaurant are the country’s first resort to fully vaccinate all their employees.

Some 120 people are employed to the sister properties operated by the Henzell family, who now boast 100 per cent inoculation.

Owner Jason Henzell said he and his general manager, Coleen Powell, were among the first batch to be vaccinated in April at a blitz at the Independence Park in Black River, St Elizabeth.

“I personally spent tens of hours with staff at Jakes or at their homes, sharing information with them,” Henzell told The Gleaner on Monday.

Not satisfied he was reaching all his team members, he created a WhatsApp group and offered support to meet with doctors, provided transportation, paid for their time off to get vaccinated, and even purchased the Panadol they needed after getting the jab.

“I personally also prayed, hugged, and even cried with a few through this process,” he revealed.

The news comes at a time when the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is celebrating its latest findings of one per cent COVID-19 positivity rate in the Resilient Corridor.

The association’s president, Clifton Reader, stated in a press release on Monday that one of the major contributors in maintaining the low rate now are the rising vaccination levels within the hotel sector.

He said a number of attractions have vaccinated up to 70 per cent of their employees and are working to increase take-up at their properties.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com