The Ministry of Health has urged members of the public to bring their vaccinations up-to-date by taking advantage of a number of outreach activities during Vaccination Week which runs from April 20 to 26.
This year’s theme is Vaccination: a shared responsibility, and persons are encouraged to make it their business to get vaccinated.
On April 21 there will be a church service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Bay Street, beginning at 8 a.m. During the week, there will be a number of community outreach programmes for employees of the Sanitation Service Authority and the National Conservation Commission, when tetanus and chicken pox immunisations will be administered.
The outreaches for SSA staff will take place on April 23 and 24 at the Wildey, St. Michael depot, while those for NCC workers will be conducted on April 24 and 25 at the commission’s Codrington, St. Michael headquarters.
On April 26, all of the island’s polyclinics will host an “open day” between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to offer vaccinations as well as to sensitise and educate persons on the importance of being immunised. There will also be lectures, discussions and literature on sexually transmitted infections and chronic non-communicable diseases. Businesses within each polyclinic’s catchment area are urged to participate in the outreach activities.