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Unanswered questions on COVID-19 vaccine

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2021 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is a bit surprising to see the glaring missteps in the current COVID-19 vaccination campaign by the Government. In a Gleaner article dated June 9, it was noted that persons 60 years and older who have been fully vaccinated can apply for a $10,000 grant from the Government. The Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke announced this in Parliament on Tuesday, June 8.

For some of us looking on, we immediately know that this approach is seriously flawed and may have the opposite effect. The question is, why should I be given money to take something that is beneficial to me? A move like this is not going to move the needle all that much.

In my opinion, there are questions about the vaccines, and more clarifications are needed on the following:

Do I still need to take the vaccine if I have had COVID -19 already?

How long does the vaccine efficacy last? Will I need a booster shot in the next six months?

Are there some persons who may be considered at risk for taking the vaccine?

There are countries that have banned the use of AstraZeneca. Can we talk about why these countries have taken this step?

There are reports from other countries about the effectiveness of Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in fighting COVID-19. What is preventing us from utilising these medications?

Jamaicans are well-thinking and intelligent people, there is a need for an in-depth dialogue so that we can make well-informed decisions.

MARSHA THOMAS