A shipment of 75,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Jamaica this afternoon, as the country’s health authorities continue the drive, to eventually achieving herd immunity.

The shipment is the first under the agreement with the African Medical Support Platform, AMSP.

The agreement is for 121,000 doses which includes 20,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from commercial sources are expected to arrive two to three weeks later, along with another 26,000 doses of AstraZeneca thereafter to complete the shipment.

Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, confirmed with Nationwide News that the jabs arrived earlier today.

She says the vaccines will assist in this weekend’s vaccination blitz exercise. 

So far, 43,944 people have received vaccination since the roll out four weeks ago, representing 92% of the initial target.