200K Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccines Donated to Jamaica

Jamaica’s stock continues to expand with an additional 200,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccines. The donation by the Canadian government arrived on the island Thursday, August 26, adding to the Government’s efforts in their vaccination drive.

Canada continues to help Jamaica in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. On the heels of donating 48 beds to COVID-19 wards, a further donation of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccines from the Canadian government has increased the number of doses available in the island.

Health Minister Dr. Chris Tufton says the donation now adds to the total of 800,000 vaccines that the country has had over the past month. 500,000 AstraZeneca, 200,000 Pfizer and over a 115,000 Johnson and Johnson and before the end of the month he noted that the country can expect another 100,000 or 200, 000 doses.

The Minister noted that in the past, lack of COVID-19 vaccines was an issue to now the country has vaccines in storage and urge Jamaicans to get vaccinated.

With just over 500,000 jabs administered so far, the Government’s aim to see 700,000 persons vaccinated by the end of September will depend on public participation. Some vaccination sites will remain open during curfew hours and on no movement days.

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