A coalition of eight private sector, trade unions and social groups have issued a joint statement urging Jamaicans to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a joint statement this afternoon, the coalition says the time has come for each of us to make a choice for the greater good of the country.

It says getting vaccinated is becoming more important for Jamaica. The group says each day that passes without getting vaccines into arms is a further prolonging of the turmoil resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group notes that restrictions are likely to stay in place and get more stringent if the low take up of vaccines and blatant breaches of protocols designed to contain the spread of the virus continues.

Among the stakeholders who’ve signed the statement are the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, The MSME Alliance, and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ.

PSOJ President Keith Duncan says the groups are collaborating to combat the miscommunication about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Keith Duncan, President of the PSOJ.

Church groups, the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance, and the Jamaica Council of Churches have also signed the statement.

Also included in the coalition is the Global Services Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers.

The group is strongly urging Jamaicans to play their part in helping to return to normal life.

The group is also reminding the public that there’s an increase in vaccine availability.

According to the coalition, it recognizes that there’s vaccine hesitancy because of conflicting information.

But the group is urging people to consider that more than 1-hundred-thousand children have been affected by loss of learning.

The coalition is reminding people that there are thousands more Jamaicans who depend on daily wages or work in industries that will be further affected by tighter restrictions.

They’re also encouraging all private sector companies to urge their staff to get vaccinated.