Acting British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Daniel Shepherd says Jamaica’s current non-inclusion on a list of countries whose vaccination programme are being recognized by the UK does not mean the island is being singled out by the Boris Johnson-administration.
Acting High Commissioner Shepherd says the United Kingdom recognizes a small number of countries’ vaccine certifications.
He says the UK will expand that list on October 4 and include some Caribbean countries.
According to the Acting High Commissioner, more countries will be added soon after.
He says the UK is working with the Government of Jamaica on the issue.
The Acting High Commissioner says to be clear, the 3-hundred thousand doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines that were sent by the UK to Jamaica are the very same vaccines that have been injected into millions of arms in the UK.
Shepherd made the comment on Twitter.
He was responding to a series of tweets by Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.
He said Minister Johnson Smith is right that greater vaccine uptake in Jamaica is the path to returning society to normalcy.
Minister Johnson Smith had noted that some people, including Jamaicans, are concerned about their vaccination status not being recognized in the UK.
The Foreign Affairs Minister says she brought the issue of recognition of the vaccination programme to the attention of CARICOM for action last week.
Minister Johnson Smith says she has also engaged the UK Government on the issue at a technical level and will also raise the issue in upcoming bilateral meetings in the margins of the United Nations.