The Ministry of Health says the country is currently running low on doses of the Aztrazeneca vaccine, with just about 13,000 left in the inventory.

The revelation follows news on the weekend that hundreds of Jamaicans who turned up at the National Arena were turned away having been told there were no vaccines available.

But Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says while stocks are running low, there’re still vaccines in the country.

Director of Family Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Melody Ennis, says the decision to close the Arena at the weekend was due to the need for crowd control and not availability of the jab.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services.

Dr. Tufton and Dr. Ennis were speaking on Cliff Hughes Online this morning.

The Ministry has suspended vaccinations at all sites for today and tomorrow.

Vaccinations are expected to resume on Wednesday June 23 for citizens 50 years and older.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader and President of the People’s National Party, PNP, Mark Golding, is bemoaning what he says is the country’s late vaccination response.

Mr Golding was addressing the business community at the Bellfield Great House in St James.

He claims that Jamaica is one of the least vaccinated countries in the English-speaking Caribbean which does not help the country’s recovery process.

Mr Golding also says currently there’s no real programme in place to get Jamaicans vaccinated.

Mark Golding, Leader of the Opposition.