Through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), the Government of Canada has donated an additional 370,000 doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Jamaica. This brings Canada’s total vaccine donations to Jamaica to just over 670,000 doses. The most recent vaccines arrived in the country on November 1.
“I’m thrilled that Canada, in partnership with COVAX, could make this additional contribution of Astra Zeneca. I urge all Jamaicans to take advantage of these vaccines and get vaccinated,” said Emina Tudakovic, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica. She is to participate in a symbolic handover to the Jamaican Government on Saturday.
The vaccine donation represents a continuation of Canada’s support to the COVID-19 response in Jamaica. It adds to Canada’s earlier donations in the Caribbean to acquire essential personal protection equipment, laboratory and medical equipment, and supplies for healthcare workers and hospitals in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
Canada has also contributed to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to help strengthen communication efforts around public health risks, continued promotion of protective measures and community engagement.
The symbolic handover of the vaccines is scheduled for the National Arena with the Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, and Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to participate.
The high commissioner is also be taken on a brief tour of the vaccination site.
A release from the high commission said since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada has committed more than $2.5 billion to support the global response to COVID-19.