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Coming up in the newscast, children ages 12 and up to get COVID-19 vaccine in South Florida, People’s National Party names 18-member Junior cabinet and Belize national named CARICOM’s first female Secretary-General.

Now for the news in detail,

Caribbean-American children living in South Florida can now get the COVID-19 vaccine at select pharmacies. On Wednesday, the CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine to be administered among children age 12 to 15. Pfizer is the first COVID-19 vaccine in America to be approved for children in this age group. Children over the age of 16 were already approved to get the shot. On Thursday, select schools in Miami-Dade county began offering the vaccine to children 12 years and over, with parental permission. CVS and Walgreens are also offering the vaccine at state-supported vaccination sites in Broward County and Miami-Dade. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

The People’s National Party Leader Mark Golding has announced an 18-member junior shadow Cabinet. It will be chaired by Senator Gabriela Morris, the Opposition’s Shadow Minister of Youth. According to Golding, the appointments are part of the efforts of the PNP to integrate more young people into positions of influence. The 18 junior shadow Cabinet will be responsible for portfolios primarily aligned with those of the Opposition’s Shadow Cabinet. The team includes PNPYO President and tv host, Krystal Tomlinson, and Timothy Thwaites, the son of former education minister, Ronnie Thwaites.

Also in Jamaica,

For the first time since January 8, Jamaica this week recorded a COVID-19 positivity rate of under 5 percent. The health ministry reported that on Monday, there were 39 new COVID-19 cases, reflecting a 3.3 percent positivity rate. President of the Jamaica Medical Association, Dr Andrew Manning said the decrease in cases is owed to the consecutive weekend lockdowns and the 8 PM weekday curfew. Manning reminded Jamaicans that they have the power to slow the spread of the virus by adhering to the protocols.

And in Belize,

Belizean Dr. Carla Barnett has been elected as the new CARICOM Secretary General. She replaces the Dominican-born diplomat, Irwin LaRocque, who has been in the post since August 2011. Barnett was elected during the virtual 21st Special Meeting of the CARICOM leaders, chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, the chairman of CARICOM. She is the first female Secretary General of the 15-member regional group. Scores of Caribbean leaders including Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley sent their congratulations to Dr Barnett on her historic appointment.

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