The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, says the number of Jamaicans expected to be vaccinated in the second quarter of the year, has increased from one to five per cent of the population.

She gave the update at the weekend during a Ministry of Health media briefing.

Jamaica is among those countries who’ve made a down payment for access to a COVID-19 vaccine under the COVAX Initiative.

The country is expected to receive enough vials to cover 16 per cent of the population through the first phase of the facility.

This vaccination process is expected to begin by the second quarter of this year.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie is once again reiterating to the public that the vaccine will be safe and effective.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, says in the coming weeks a public sensitization programme around the COVID-19 Vaccine will be launched.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health.