Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says the government has decided to reduce its planned expenditure on a public education campaign for the vaccination programme by some $48 million.

He says this funding will instead go towards staffing and improving conditions for health workers.

Dr. Tufton was speaking during a media briefing this afternoon.

He was addressing concerns over the $422 million expenditure which had been earmarked to the campaign.

A major Part of the savings stems from a reduction of the  engagement period from 12 to nine months  with the company  hired to consult on the campaign, One Integrated Group.

The Ministry has also reduced the number of training sessions for staff, which will result in savings of five million dollars. 

Placements for public education including advertisements will also be cut from $64 million to $50 million.

Dr. Tufton says he understands the concern in the public regarding the expenditure, hence the government has responded.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.