Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica has only discarded 12-percent of its Covid-19 vaccines, which is within international best practice of 10 to 30 per cent.

He said while he would not make excuses for disposing of the medicine, refusal of persons to take the vaccine should not be seen as discouragement to acquire more, or to dishearten persons presiding over the process.

Dr. Tufton added that Jamaica has received 2.3 million doses of vaccines through purchases and gifts, and had to discard 280,000.

He noted that much of the gifts filled gaps in the programme and Jamaica is highly appreciative to its partners.

Dr. Tufton said when the vaccines shelf-life ends they will never be administered to the population.