Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, has confirmed that 300,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines are to arrive in Jamaica on Friday this week.

The vaccines are to arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport at 4:30 in the afternoon.

It will be the largest batch of vaccines to have arrived in Jamaica since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister Johnson Smith says Prime Minister Holness and senior government officials are likely to be present to welcome the vaccines.

Minister Johnson says Jamaica remains intent on building on its friendship with the UK on a range of issues.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Foreign Affairs Minister.

Meantime, the official communication channel of some UK diplomatic missions, UK Caribbean, says the vaccines, which are expected to arrive in Jamaica on Friday are intended to boost Jamaica’s inoculation efforts.

Meanwhile, Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, says persons will know by next week the Ministry’s inoculation plans for the 3-hundred thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

Speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes Online, Dr. Ennis says the Ministry will come to a final decision once the doses arrive in the island.

The Family Health Services Director says the storage capacity for the vaccines vary based on several factors.

And, while the Ministry continues its goal of achieving herd immunity, Dr. Ennis says the main targets for inoculation are still those in the priority groups.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Health and Wellness Ministry.