The highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 variant, COVID19,  has been detected in Jamaica; the Health Ministry made the announcement on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

While warning that there may be an increase in COVID-19 cases, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie is urging citizens to adhere to the infection, prevention, and control measures. Persons who are eligible for boosters are also being reminded to take the jab as their protection might have waned over time. 

Dr. Bisasor-Mckenzie warns that the BA 2 variant also called ‘stealth omicron’ is the dominant variant globally and the type of illness associated with it is similar to the BA1.

Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Morais Guy recently described the government’s decision to remove the pre-testing requirement for entry into Jamaica as ill-advised and reckless and asserted that mask-wearing should be maintained. 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness in responding to criticisms, says it was necessary, but warns against irresponsibility.  The Health Ministry while reaffirming the effectiveness and availability of the vaccines, says persons who are eligible for boosters should take the jab as their protection might have waned over time.  Watch the full report:

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