Jamaica has seen a major increase in its COVID-19 vaccine stock, thanks to its international partners.
On Monday, the government received over 115,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
The shipment is the first of several, which will see the island receiving almost two million doses of the vaccine brand to vaccinate over half of the country’s population.
Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith said the vaccines, which were purchased through the African Medical Platform, will be a significant boost to Jamaica’s vaccination efforts.
Just last week, Jamaica received over 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the United States. A week before, the United Kingdom donated over 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Jamaica.
Minister Johnson-Smith revealed that Canada would also be gifting the island with vaccines to boost the inoculation program. She said the government is expected 200,000 vaccines from the Canadian government later this week.
With Jamaica now having three brands of vaccines available to vaccinate adults, and the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers, the Government has been urging Jamaicans to go out and get the shot.
The country is currently on lockdown due to a spike in cases caused by the delta variant.