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Jamaica will pay seniors who take jab

Regional 15 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Jamaican seniors will get a cash boost when vaccinated

The Jamaican government will roll out a Conditional Cash Transfer for the Vaccinated (CCTV) programme, to benefit more than 100,000 Jamaicans, who will each receive J$10,000 (KY$56).

It is geared towards people aged 60 and over, who are not in receipt of a pay cheque or a pension greater than J$1.5 million (KY$8,500) per annum, according to records at Tax Administration Jamaica.

Recipients will also have to be vaccinated and confirmed by Ministry of Health and Wellness officials.

Details of the programme were announced by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, as he announced the 2021/22 Budget Debate. The initiative will be facilitated under the Social and Economic Recovery and Vaccine (SERVE) Programme for Jamaica.

Dr Clarke said: “There is public interest in ensuring that the vulnerable, older population is vaccinated. We also want to ensure that older persons who cannot take up the work opportunities that will become available under the SERVE Jamaica Programme, and who otherwise have no formal income or that income is below the threshold, receive a grant.”

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