Some 85,000 Jamaicans should begin to receive their long-anticipated second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, come November 1, as two shipments are expected this weekend. Speaking on Tuesday, October 26, during a virtual COVID-19 press briefing, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says Jamaica is expected to receive some 145, 000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this weekend.
He notes that 45, 630 doses of the vaccine have been donated by the government of Suriname whom health officials and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been having conversation with for some time. He says the Ministry intends to resume administration of the vaccine on November 1, adding that priority will be given to 85,000 persons awaiting their second dose, followed by students ages 12-18 years.
Dr. Tufton says the Ministry will be stocking the vaccines at different locations based on appointments. According to him, approximately 200, 000 doses of Pfizer vaccine are expected from the U.S in early November.
Meantime, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie says, while those due their second dose of Pfizer have been concerned, where indicated, a second dose of the vaccine is essential for stronger and longer-lasting immunity.
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