Vaccine misinformation should be rejected
THE EDITOR, Madam:
The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) stands in firm support of the Medical Council of Jamaica in reminding all doctors of their sworn duty of care to patients as individuals, families, communities, and the nation.
We acknowledge that multiple levels of prevention and appropriate guidelines for treatment are essential to managing COVID-19 in Jamaica. Vaccination is a critical layer of protection in the fight against infectious diseases, and COVID-19 is no exception. The MAJ stands ready to continue working with the public health community as well as the private sector to educate the nation and promote vaccine use as a vital tool in the national and global struggle against SARS-CoV-2 infection.
As the information deluge grows on these matters, we urge all healthcare workers who have questions or concerns to seek valid sources of guidance. The MAJ has a Pandemic Response Task Force that is working to educate and inform us and the nation, emphasising evidence-based disease management and sound scientific principles. We repudiate anti-vaccination sentiments and misinformation, whatever its origin.
DR BRIAN JAMES
Medical Association of Jamaica