KINGSTON, February 2, 2021 - Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday that Jamaica is set to receive its first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in another two weeks instead of what was initially projected in April.
In light of this, Dr. Tufton said the Ministry of Health & Wellness was now making preparations to begin vaccinating Jamaicans against COVID-19 in February.
"The country is set to receive between 146,400 and possibly up to 249,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by the middle of February 2021. This means that some 125,000 Jamaicans... could receive vaccines during...the latter part of February in to March," the Health Minister told parliament.
Dr. Tufton said Jamaica could receive an additional 250,000 doses under another COVAX facility. Jamaica has made a formal request to benefit from an allocation to CARICOM by the African Medical Supplies Platform.
"We through CARICOM had negotiated a possible allocation and the 1.5 million dose delivery where Jamaica would benefit from some 250,000 doses. And those discussions...seems (sic) very encouraging," Minister Tufton stated.
He also informed the parliament that India will also be making 500,000 doses of its Covaxin vaccine available to CARICOM, from which Jamaica will benefit.
Dr. Tufton said the health authorities are still awaiting approval, however, from the World Health Organisation for Covaxin and information on the number of doses Jamaica will receive.
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