Jamaica is expected to receive a gift of nearly 36-thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Mexican government this week.

Chairman of the National Health Fund, NHF, Howard Mitchell says the Mexican government has also committed to bringing in the vaccines for Jamaica.

The NHF Chairman says the vaccine gift was secured through the efforts of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith and her Ministry.

Meanwhile, the NHF Chairman says the Mexican government has also expressed a willingness to sell Jamaica more vaccines.

Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund speaking with Nationwide News.

Mr. Mitchell says Jamaica is set to also receive 3-thousand doses of AstraZeneca from St. Lucia this week.

Both shipments would see Jamaica receiving nearly 39-thousand vaccines this weekend.

The Ministry of Health continues to experience a shortage in the availability of vaccines that has caused the government to be more selective in who can access the jab in the coming weeks.

The government is also banking on an expected donation of vaccines in the coming weeks from the Joe Biden administration in the US as well as a purchase from the African Medical Supplies Platform due in August.