Jamaica will receive up to 600,000 doses of the much sought-after Pfizer vaccine within the next few weeks, according to Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

The Minister says through the efforts of the Foreign Ministry and direct purchases through the COVAX facility, hundreds of thousands of doses of the US manufactured vaccine will arrive shortly.

The government last month suspended the administering of the Pfizer vaccine after running low on stock as a result of a delayed shipment from the United States.

Scores of Jamaicans have expressed a preference for the US manufactured jab, as opposed to the AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Just over a hundred thousand Jamaicans will shortly be due the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The Minister is seeking to reassure them that they will be able to receive the second dose of the vaccine within a prescribed time.

The Health Minister says once the due second doses are administered, the Pfizer brand of vaccine will only be administered to children.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

He was speaking during a media briefing on Thursday.

And, Minister Tufton says the messaging around the other available brands of the vaccines will be changed.

The country was forced to dump 55,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last month after a low take-up rate caused the batch to expire.

Another batch of over a hundred thousand doses is at risk of expiring at the end of this month.

The Minister says the messaging around the brand must change to encourage persons to take their second dose.

Meanwhile, Minister Tufton is urging Jamaicans to also take the Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine.

He says the brand is internationally reputable and trusted.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.