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JM | Nov 25, 2021

Flow powers PSVI vaccination programme ahead of community rollout

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Patsy Edwards-Henry (left), president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, makes a point to Keeva Ingram, principal of St Andrew High School for Girls, during the PSVI Vax Day at the school on November 9. Edwards-Henry was one of many volunteer vaccinators on the day, which ended with about 450 people being vaccinated.

Communications and entertainment provider, Flow Jamaica, has boosted the capability of the Private Sector Vaccine Initiative (PSVI) to execute its vaccination programme with a donation of mobile connectivity and other communication services valued at more than J$600,000.

The contribution will ensure that the PSVI has reliable data connection while implementing its vaccination exercises at business sites and at its weekly Waterloo Centre operation.

This has come at a time when the Initiative is preparing to partner with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and others for a community vaccination programme, which will include conducting Vax Days in underserved, remote locations and schools across the country.

Nurse Sunita Tate administers a vaccine to a community resident during the PSVI Jones Town Vax Day which was staged in partnership with the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) on October 31, 2021.

“We are very appreciative of this contribution from Flow as it enhances our value proposition of fast, convenient and efficient services to our participating companies. Being assured of stable Internet connection as we carry out activities, such as registration and dose recording is something that our team is very pleased with,” said Saffrey Brown, PSVI project lead.

“The contribution is also timely and of even greater value to us as we get ready to go far and wide across the country with our community programme, especially given that in some rural communities the Internet connectivity could negatively impact our ability to deliver an efficient service; so we are very happy for this additional contribution from the Flow team,” she added.

The PSVI has already piloted its Community Vax Days within the communities of Maverley, Fletcher’s Land, Jones Town and Trench Town, in St Andrew, as well as with two corporate area schools – St Andrew High School for Girls and Campion College, between October 30 and November 13.

Flow Supporting PSVI’s Vax Education efforts

The donation from Flow forms part of its latest contribution. Through its cable channel, Flow1, it has been supporting the vaccine and vaccination awareness efforts of the PSVI by broadcasting testimonials, from vax takers participating in the Initiative, for the last three months.

A group of Fletcher’s Land residents wait in observation after receiving doses of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the PSVI Fletcher’s Land Community Vax Day. This pilot phase of the Initiative’s community effort was executed in partnership with the American Friends of Jamaica on October 31, 2021.

“A fast and reliable system of communication is crucial for the execution of the vaccination programme and so we’re happy to continue to play our part in supporting the PSVI’s efforts to increase the awareness of Jamaicans and to get more persons vaccinated during this critical phase of the pandemic,” said Stephen Price, vice president and general manager at Flow Jamaica. 

He added: “As a responsible corporate citizen, our priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, and therefore, this collaboration is another opportunity to assist in reducing the impact of the pandemic on our personal lives, businesses and communities in getting the country back to normality.”

Acting as an agent of the health ministry, the PSVI has been enabling the vaccination of company employees within the productive sector and their dependents since July 29 this year and has so far facilitated the vaccination of 35,000 people.

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