In just under 5 hours, Jamaica is expected to receive its single largest batch of vaccines since the onset of the pandemic a year and a half ago.

The batch of 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines is expected to arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport just before 5 this afternoon.

Much is dependent on this batch.

Only yesterday the Ministry of Health confirmed a Nationwide News story that it will be launching an island-wide vaccination blitz tomorrow, July 31.

The blitz, which will include 20 sites, is dependent on the arrival of the 300-thousand doses this afternoon.

Registration for citizens 18 years and older opened at 10 this morning.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is projecting that the country will have a total of 1-point-four million doses of vaccines in stock by the end of September.

The projection was made by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan, at a media briefing last evening.

Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.