Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says the country is making progress in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

He’s urging continued vigilance among Jamaicans despite the recent move by the Government to amend the curfew hours and allow beach visits for the purpose of swimming.

Minister Tufton says he’s not opposed to the recent amendments to the Covid-19 protocols.

He was addressing the Health Ministry’s weekly COVID-19 Conversations media briefing last evening.

Dr. Tufton says the government has made a 350-million dollar down payment for one point nine million doses of the Johnson and Johnson Covid 19 vaccine.

Minister Tufton says the first shipment of those vaccines are set to arrive in the island in August.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

In the meantime, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie says the aim is to reduce the COVID 19 reproductive rate to below zero point seven heading into the Summer period.

She’s also raising concerns about the low take up rate of vaccination among the elderly population.

Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

And Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dunstan Bryan has made a commitment that all outstanding payments to healthcare workers will be honored by this weekend.

Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Health and Wellness Ministry.

They were addressing the Health Ministry’s weekly COVID-19 Conversations media briefing last evening.