Since the pandemic began, a black market has opened up selling all things COVID-19 from protective gear to antigen tests — and now vaccines.
The Jamaica Observer in a report issued today said that the unauthorised sale of COVID-19 vaccines is being done by a private doctor for $4,000 per jab.
This revelation comes mere days after 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, donated by the Government of India, arrived in the island on Monday, March 8.
Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley, president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, told the Sunday Observer that she heard a report on day one of the long-awaited vaccine roll-out, which alleged that a health care professional was offering vaccines for sale.
Jamaica’s Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said in the report that he surprised to hear of the development and said he would need to make further checks.
The report further states that there “was a lady who was saying that her doctor is able to give COVID vaccines if anybody wants, for $4,000.”