Another batch of Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccines is to arrive in Jamaica today.
The batch is expected to contain over 100,000 doses of the single-dose jab.
Chairman of the National Health Fund, NHF, Howard Mitchell, says the vaccine doses are expected to arrive this afternoon.
Mr. Mitchell says the supply of vaccines to Jamaica is not an issue at this time.
Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund speaking with Nationwide News.
Despite the prior arrival of over 1-hundred thousand doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines a few weeks ago, so far only about 15-thousand people in Jamaica have taken the jab.
On the weekend, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie reiterated the safety of the vaccines, including the Johnson and Johnson brand.
Mrs. Bisasor-McKenzie encouraged more Jamaicans to get inoculated with the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
And Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie says between 96 and 98 percent of over eight hundred Jamaicans who are hospitalized due to Covid-19, are not vaccinated.
The Chief Medical Officer says none of the people who are classified as moderately or critically ill, is vaccinated.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says there’s a need to significantly ramp up the vaccination rate in Jamaica.
D. Bisasor McKenzie says, unfortunately, despite being placed in the priority group seven months ago, some senior citizens have not turned up at vaccination centers to be inoculated.
The Chief Medical Officer says many of the senior citizens who’ve declined to take the jab, have died of Covid-19.
Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.