Responding to an announcement this morning by Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie that the Ministry of Health was pursuing this ill-advised plan, Dr Guy is seeking to remind the GOJ that the European Medical Agency in a publication on January 29, 2021, specifically warned against the use of corona virus vaccines after expiry dates. He said due to the nature of formulations in drugs, they are not to be used after expiry and this regime is even more strict for vaccines.
The Opposition Spokesman says the use of the expired vaccines could expose the Jamaican population to health risks and consequently, the Opposition is not in agreement with this plan. Further, he noted, some vaccine manufacturers were already seeking indemnities from Governments for use of the vaccines.
He said there already is vaccine-hesitancy in Jamaica and the Government’s handling of this issue will only serve to heighten scepticism. “Had the Government been forthcoming about the expiration date of the recently acquired shipment of vaccine, and alerted the public of the reduced usage window, I am sure people would have cooperated with requests for immediate take-up. Instead, citizens were left to make the discovery on their own, reducing public confidence. As it is now, some may not even want the vaccine,” Dr Guy said.
He said based on the manufacturers labelling, the Opposition had no problem with the vaccines being used until tomorrow, April 13, 2021. “Anything else will put the population at risk and Jamaica will lose the protection of Astra Zeneca”. He said manufacturers generally do not guarantee the efficacy of drugs used after expired dates.
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