Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, is expressing optimism about the potential for a resumption of face-to-face classes in October.

Her optimism comes as vaccination numbers among the nation’s students are showing signs of improvement.

Dr. Ennis says the current trajectory for vaccination across the respective parishes is a positive sign for the planned reopening of schools, but she says the country still has some way to go.

The new school year got underway yesterday using the online teaching modality.

The Education Ministry is requiring that schools reach a 65-percent vaccination threshold before resuming face to face classes.

High school students living in the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine currently have the highest rate of vaccination among students.

Just about 27-percent of those students have received one dose of the vaccine.

Dr. Ennis says the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland follow with just about 23-percent of their students being vaccinated.

Children 12-years-and-older are being vaccinated using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

The Director of Family Health Services is urging parents to take their children to get vaccinated.

She’s reminding parents they can also get vaccinated in the process.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services.

She was speaking on Tuesday with Nationwide News.