Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the next phase of the COVID-19 response will be difficult. 

He says the government’s aim to vaccinate 2-million people within the next twelve months, will be one of the most significant logistics exercise in the country’s history.

He’s confirmed that the first 50,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccines from India are now en route to Jamaica. 

They are set to arrive in the country on Monday. 

An additional 14,000 vaccine doses are to also arrive later next week.

He says some 580 doctors and nurses have already been trained to administer the vaccines. 

Minister Tufton says over 76 sites have been mapped out and prepared for vaccinating members of the population. 

Meanwhile, the Health and Wellness Minister says the long-awaited $36 million COVID-19 Field Hospital in Falmouth, Trelawny will start accepting patients this Sunday.

The Minister who was addressing members of the media following a tour of the 36-bed facility this afternoon also disclosed that there are at least seven patients on standby for admission to the ward.

The completion of the facility comes as the Western region is seeing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking with the media on a tour in Trelawny on Friday.