The country’s Chief Medical Officer, CMO, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie is supporting the government’s decision to reexamine the relaxed COVID-19 measures.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the Parliament last evening that as the COVID-19 indicators are heading in the wrong direction, the Cabinet will likely tighten the restrictions.
The CMO agrees.
The country will know what the new restrictions are on Tuesday.
July is so far outpacing the June average of daily positive cases. The average daily positivity rate over the last seven days has been 8.8-percent.
It was 9.9-percent yesterday. This is well above the recommended rate of 5-percent.
The CMO says the country must learn from last year’s experience.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says countries should be cautious about relaxing measures too quickly.
She says small countries like Jamaica are at particular risk.
Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer. She was speaking last evening on Nationwide at 5.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dunstan Bryan, is defending Jamaica’s inoculation programme amid concerns of a low vaccination rate.
Except for Haiti, Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is the lowest in the Caribbean.
Jamaica has vaccinated only 6-percent of its population of just under 3-million.
The Permanent Secretary says the country has been managing despite difficulties on the international market.
The government has been criticized for not being proactive in sourcing vaccines earlier this year.
Mr. Bryan says it was important for the country to rely on the authorization of the World Health Organization before approving the use of vaccines in the country.
Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry.