Nationwide News understands that the Ministry of Health and Wellness is set to launch its largest vaccination blitz to date.

The blitz, which will be held at 20 sites across multiple parishes, is scheduled to run from Saturday July 31 to Thursday August 5.

The extended blitz follows the expected arrival of 300,000 doses of the AztraZeneca vaccine on Friday afternoon.

The donation is a gift from the government of the United Kingdom.

Senior government officials are expected to be on hand at the airport to welcome the arrival of the shipment.

The Health Ministry is expected to open up vaccination to all eligible Jamaicans 18-years and older.

The 300,000 doses are expected to significantly boost Jamaica’s inoculation programme.

Except Haiti, Jamaica currently has the lowest vaccination rate in the Caribbean at 6-percent.

The formal announcement of the extended blitz is expected to be made by Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the country continues to record a triple digit increase in Covid-19. There were 182 new positive cases on Wednesday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 52,504. The positivity rate now stands at 19.1 percent.

The Health Ministry reported that 1,905 samples were tested.

Meanwhile, no new deaths were recorded. The country’s total Covid-19 deaths remain at 1,182. The number of active cases now stands at 182.

In the meantime, recoveries in the latest update stands at 27. This brings the total number of recoveries to 46,938.

One hundred and 42 people have been hospitalised, 29 are moderately ill and 24 are critical.