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Almost 600 people vaccinated during Newport West blitz

Published:Tuesday | October 19, 2021 | 12:05 AM
A Kingston Wharves Limited employee displays his vaccination card after receiving the jab during the recent vaccine blitz.
A Kingston Wharves Limited employee displays his vaccination card after receiving the jab during the recent vaccine blitz.

The recent vaccination blitz in Newport West resulted in the inoculation of nearly 600 persons. The blitz was staged by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, in partnership with the Port Authority of Jamaica, Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) and the South East Regional Health Authority.

The event was held at KWL’s Kingport Building car park over two days and saw port workers, business operators and residents from neighbouring communities attending the blitz to get their vaccinations.

Captain Sydney Innis, vice-president for safety and security at the Port Authority of Jamaica, noted: “The vaccination blitz was a major success, with many persons expressing satisfaction with the arrangement and the opportunity afforded them to have the vaccines brought close to their place of work.”

KWLs’ Manager for Safety, Health and the Environment, Dean Williams, who also helped organise the event, agreed. “From a Kingston Wharves standpoint, it was important that we helped to organise, drive and participate in this blitz for the benefit of our team members and the wider maritime community, because we are an essential service and part of a vital industry. The threat from COVID-19 is real, and KWL as an organisation will continue to play its part by maintaining robust internal measures while supporting the national move to stop the spread of the virus and the national vaccination effort.”

Caron Anderson, head of human resources and industrial relations at KFTL, said, “KFTL is firmly committed to Jamaica’s pandemic response, and vaccination is a critical component of our own COVID management plan. It helps to protect our team and their families as well as the company’s operations, so everyone benefits.

Anderson continued, “It was indeed a boost for our vaccination drive, and we are very happy that our team members took advantage of the opportunity. Together we can do it, and together we can achieve so much more.”