Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich explains the vaccination process to the candidates waiting to receive their jabs.

Kewaine Buchanan, Commercial Analyst at LASCO Distributors Limited calmly receiving his shot from Public Health Nurse, Teldra Lewis.

Marisha Thompson [left] and her mother Jostine Wallace turned up to receive their second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. They are the wife and daughter of LASCO Merchandiser, Steve Wallace. The vaccination drives continue to see a growing number of family members coming out to receive their jabs.

Ezra-Lee McLennon, Production Supervisor at LASCO Distributors Limited [left] took his mother Neita, 72 to receive her vaccine. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that persons above age 50 are considered to be at greater risk if infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich [left] checks the arm of Rejendra Thompson, son of LASCO Delivery Clerk, Rejendra Thompson, after being vaccinated with the single dose Janssen vaccine.

Venice Chambers-Bartley [left], Machine Operator at the liquid plant at LASCO Manufacturing Limited and her husband, Paul Bartley were in high spirits after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich [left] engages Corporate Programmes Manager, Danielle Cunningham [center], and Deputy General Manager of LASCO Manufacturing Limited, Lisa Watts [right] in conversation at the latest vaccination blitz held at the company’s White Marl Location recently.

LASCO staff and family members turned out in their numbers to receive first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

Countless elders waiting to be registered by the Community Health Aides at LASCO’S recent vaccination blitz.

Since 1999, LASCO has partnered with the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) in the annual staging of the National Nurse of the Year programme, which recognizes and pays tribute to outstanding members of the nursing profession. The Nurse of the Year (NOY) Programme is the recognition of pacesetters within the profession who have displayed high professional, ethical and personal development standards. In 2013, LASCO has provided support valued at over 300,000, with over 5,000 nursing practitioners directly and indirectly reached through the programme.

Selection Process

Interested nurses  island wide are required to fill out an application form and submit it to the office of the Nurses Association of Jamaica.    A short list of applicants is prepared after which they go through an interview process.  The finalists are then selected and are asked to make presentations/demonstrations before a panel.  Based on the scores assigned, the Nurse of the Year, first and second runner-up as well as the Student Nurse and first runner up are selected.

LASCO and NAJ are also partners in the hosting of National Nurses Week every year.

Other Healthy Living initiatives:

Sponsorship of the Jamaica Dental Association’s Oral Health Month Health Fair.

LASCO Chin Foundation honoured the hardworking nurses with an awards ceremony on Friday, July 23, 2021.

The luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus, marked the end of this year’s observation of Nurses' Week. It also saw the resumption of regular activities after the disruption in 2020 due to COVID-19 which led to the cancellation of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse and Student Nurse of the Year competitions.

The nurses held a COVID-conscious ceremony, which ended with the announcement of Lillian Lewis McDonald, infection prevention and control nurse at Victoria Jubilee Hospital as the 2021-22 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year.

The finalists were Dion Murphy Nedrick, Nursing Director at the University Hospital of the West Indies; Rachel Lee Francis, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse for the Intensive Care Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital; Machel Edwards Lewis, Registered Nurse at the Mandeville Regional Hospital; Davia Tucker, Acting Nurse Manager for Bustamante Hospital for Children; and Claudine Douglas Cole, Nurse Manager at Linstead Public Hospital.

The Nurse of the Year copped the champion trophy and  cash prize of $200,000. Second-place winner Nurse Douglas Cole and third-placed Nurse Murphy Nedrick, received cash prizes of $150,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Alicia Vickers was announced as the LASCO/NAJ Student Nurse of the Year as she celebrated her birthday and copped the cash prize of $100,000 and a trophy.

All the finalists for the Nurse of the Year and Student Nurse of the Year received gift baskets courtesy of LASCO. The 2021 Nurses’ Week celebration, included the observance of  the NAJ’s 75th anniversary, with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, July 18; a Founder’s Day Ceremony that saw 75 COVID Champions awarded; career development workshops on Wednesday, July 21 and a disco lyme on Thursday, July 2 all under the theme “Nurses: A Voice To Lead — A Vision For Future Healthcare”.

In an effort to uplift the island’s nurses, LASCO joined with the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) to celebrate the healthcare champions in a heart-warming ceremony, at NAJ’s Mary Seacole House on International Nurses’ Day.

Recognised on May 12 each year, International Nurses’ Day is set aside to highlight the achievements and service of nurses worldwide, and is a highly anticipated time of merriment for nurses locally. The healthcare system though short on resources is staying afloat due largely to the innovation and selflessness of our nurses.  The programme was also aired virtually to allow for the participation of Nurses island-wide. 

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