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Lifespan donates igloos to vaccination effort

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:24 AM

Lifespan Company has added a batch of igloos to the inventory of supplies that will be used at the vaccination centres islandwide as the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues its roll-out of the national vaccination plan.

This donation is part of the private sector mobilisation effort being managed by the Private Sector Vaccine Initiative (PSVI), a mechanism set up to support the Government as it works towards achieving population immunity by March 2022.

Lifespan CEO Nayana Williams emphasised the importance of private organisations coming together to support national initiatives. “COVID-19 has shown us that now more than ever we need to work together. Vaccination is the closest we’ve come to seeing normalcy return to our nation. We must do everything we can to help make the process seamless,” she expressed.

The PSVI has committed to increasing the pace and penetration of vaccinations in the country through, among other things, the provision of logistical and technical resources to shore up the programme.

Since its launch, 400 digital tablets, costing more than $11 million, were donated to Government towards the management of the vaccination drive. With Lifespan’s donation added to the pool of resources, the PSVI has now contributed more than $16 million to the effort and continues to help with technical expertise and other resources for the vaccination registration system.

The PSVI is a partnership among the Government of Jamaica and the private sector groups: Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association, and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Together with the Global Services Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, the PSVI is also helping to promote vaccine education in the country.