The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that the country has passed the one million mark for COVID-19 vaccination doses that have so far been administered locally.
In a release on Sunday, the ministry said the day marks when “Jamaica surpassed the one million mark in doses of the COVID-19 vaccines administered.”
It said the goal which was previously announced with a November 30 timeline, “comes as the country continues its vaccination programme with blitz operations at several sites across the island on Saturday and Sunday.”
In response to the news, Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said, “I would like to salute our public health team for their dedication and continued efforts in taking vaccination to the population through fixed sites, blitzes and community outreach. I also want to thank our partners in the private sector who have contributed to this effort.”
Jamaica is currently administering three vaccines to the population – AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, all of which have been approved the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The ministry said Jamaicans are being encouraged to visit vaccination.moh.gov.jm or call 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) to find the nearest vaccination site.
“Although we still have some way to go to vaccinate our population, I hope this milestone will encourage Jamaicans not yet vaccinated to come on board. Vaccination saves lives and is the most effective response to COVID to restore normality to our lives,” added Tufton
As at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 7, the country had distributed a total of 1,000,455 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Of the number, 553,341 were first doses; 391,782 second doses and 55,333 of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.