The Ministry of Health and Wellness has announced that at least nine parish health departments across the country have started house to house vaccinations.

In a media release at the weekend, the Ministry says health teams, including nurses and community aides, from Hanover, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Trelawny, Westmoreland, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas have been deployed to communities to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to shut-ins, the disabled and elderly residents.

The Ministry says the house to house drive is intended to take vaccines to communities that are not close to a fixed site and to citizens who are not able to travel to the sites.

The Ministry says the initiative represents another phase in the national vaccination effort to provide access to priority populations.

The move comes as the Ministry is seeking to minimize the wastage from a batch of approximately 150-thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which is set to expire in six days.