Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Melody Ennis, is reassuring Jamaicans of the safety of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The reassurance comes following a US FDA warning of the potential of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Dr. Ennis says only a small percentage of persons have been affected.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis.

Jamaica is expected to begin receiving the first shipment of 1.9 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine by the end of this month.

The Johnson and Johnson is a one shot vaccine which is expected to significant improve Jamaica’s push towards herd immunity.

Dr. Ennis notes that Jamaica’s baseline for the disorder is low.

She says the Ministry is not expecting a surge of cases arising from the vaccine.

The director says Jamaicans should be assured that the benefits of taking the jab outweigh the risks.

She says most persons who may develop the disorder are likely to recover.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health.

She was speaking last evening during Nationwide at 5.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Health Fund, Howard Mitchell, is also calling on Jamaicans to have confidence in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Mr. Mitchell says the country can no longer afford the continued impact of the pandemic on the society.

He says citizens must educate themselves and balance the risks associated with the jab.

Howard Mitchell, NHF Chairman.

He was speaking last evening on Nationwide at 5.