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Jamaicans Still Being Encouraged to Get Covid-19 Vaccine



#Jamaica, March 31, 2022 – The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to encourage Jamaicans to get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, as the virus remains a threat globally.

Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that vaccine take-up “has gotten slower as persons perceive that the risk no longer exists or does not exist in a significant way as it did earlier”.

“COVID is still a threat. Although the numbers are low, people still die from COVID each day and there are still the vulnerabilities that those who have not been vaccinated will suffer from,” he pointed out while addressing a recent virtual COVID Conversations press briefing.

More than 1.39 million doses of vaccines have been administered, to date, comprising 687,499 first doses, 578,893 second doses, and 91,565 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  A total of 3,514 doses have been administered to immunocompromised persons.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, informed that approximately 670,177 or 25 per cent of Jamaicans are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19.

“We have an additional four per cent of persons who would have received one dose and need to complete their vaccination. That will take us overall to 29 per cent of our population that has been touched with vaccination. We really need to get those numbers up,” she noted.

In addition, she said that only 28,793 booster doses have been administered and encouraged persons who are eligible to get their shots.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie,

Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie said that St. Thomas and Portland account for the lowest vaccination numbers, followed by St. Catherine.

“If it is that we have an increase in the number of cases, St. Catherine will be a real threat because of the density of the population and the very low level of vaccine take-up,” she pointed out.

Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie noted, further, that a number of persons in the vulnerable over-60 age group remain unvaccinated and encouraged those who have received two vaccine doses to take the booster shot, “so you can keep your immunity up and keep yourselves out of hospitals in case of any other new variant”.

The Chief Medical Officer reiterated that an increase in vaccine take-up is critical in reducing the number of confirmed cases, the positivity and reproductive rates, and hopitalisation and deaths.

She pointed out that 98 per cent of persons who have died due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated, with 0.8 per cent partially vaccinated and 1.2 per cent fully vaccinated.


Release: JIS

Contact: Chris Patterson




South Caicos Development Plans shared with Washington-Misick led Administration



On Monday, 12 February 2024, the Premier led a delegation to tour the island of South Caicos to view the ongoing public and private sector projects, involving the remodelling and rebranding of the airport terminals, historical districts, and the East Bay Hotel.

The tour of the various developments reinforced the Government’s commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to boost the island’s activity and economy.

Photos courtesy of the TCI Office of the Premier

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Ministry of Tourism continues to get rid of dilapidated structures




Bahamas Information Services

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation is continuing to rid areas of derelict and dilapidated structures posing safety problems, and a threat to the overall tourism product.

In this vein the recent structure to be demolished was the Gaming Board building owned by the Hotel Corporation.  Located adjacent to Goodman’s Bay Beach on West Bay Street, it was formerly the Sir Harry Oakes property; the northern portion once housed Bahamas Information Services for several years.


On hand to witness the demolition were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper, and Senator Randy Rolle, Global Consultant, MOTIA.

The demolition started on Monday, February 5, 2024 by Virgo Construction headed by the contractor Terry Delancy.  

DPM Cooper explained that the government felt the Gaming Board building should no longer sit there in a derelict manner, and continue to be an eyesore and pose safety concerns.

“Goodman’s Bay will be enhanced as a result of getting rid of this building. It will be more aesthetically pleasing for residents who traverse this area. Women who walk in the mornings in particular through these areas will be pleased to see that this has become a green space, rather than a derelict structure,” he said.

DPM Cooper also noted that his ministry consulted broadly with the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC), and other historians before proceeding with demolition.

“We are sure not to take any actions as it relates to buildings, without consultation. So they were very comfortable with the process and we continue to work closely with them on all of the buildings that we have demolished in the downtown area,” he said.

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Ms. Camilla Lightbourne joins Experience Turks and Caicos team



Experience Turks and Caicos is pleased to welcome Ms. Camilla Lightbourne to the post of Executive Assistant to the CEO effective February 06th, 2024.

Ms. Lightbourne is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree a DeVry University in Florida and previously worked as an Import Logistics Associate at Graceway Trading Ltd. and a Business Account Executive at Digicel.

In welcoming Ms. Lightbourne to the team, Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager and Interim CEO of Experience Turks and Caicos said Ms. Lightbourne’s appointment underscores the growth of the organisation.

“Experience Turks and Caicos is growing as we fill out key positions and responsibilities in the organization. As such, it has become necessary to bolster the CEO’s office by adding an Executive Assistant to work with the CEO on the effective administration of the day-to-day tasks. I look forward to working with Ms. Lightbourne in this regard,” she said.

Ms. Lightbourne said she is pleased to be part of the Experience Turks and Caicos team.

“I am elated to join such a dynamic organisation. I am looking forward to making my mark in the future development of our country’s tourism product,” she said.

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