Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, says based on the spread of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, it’s only a matter of time before it arrives in the country.

Several countries have imposed travel restrictions on passengers who’ve been to the Southern African nations where the variant was first detected.

The family health services director says samples have been sent to international labs, such as the CDC, within the last month to test for the new variant.

Omicron is feared to be more easily transmissible and could evade current vaccines.

Last evening, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, said Jamaica is not yet able to do its own genome sequencing to test for Covid-19 variants.

Dr. Ennis says trainers on how to use the machine are expected to arrive by January the latest.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services.

She was speaking on “Let’s Talk Vax” with Cliff Hughes.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ennis says the Ministry is expecting another 100,000 doses of Pfizer brand Covid-19 vaccine.

On vaccination take up, Dr. Ennis noted that between November 16 and 30, AstraZeneca vaccines have seen an increase in administration more than the Pfizer brand.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services.