Director of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says Jamaica remains one of the countries below a 20 per cent Covid-19 vaccination rate even as the region reports a milestone of more than 700 million doses administered.

Dr. Etienne said that the number represents full vaccination of approximately half of the population in these states.

Assistant Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr, said the 750 million doses administered include the single-dose Johnson-and-Johnson vaccine and double-dose vaccines.

Dr. Etienne says Jamaica remains one of the countries left behind.

Dr. Etienne says over 3-million additional doses of vaccines are slated to arrive in the region this week.

To date, more than 480,000 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus in Jamaica.

Dr. Etienne pointed out that the Covid-19 case count continues to fluctuate across the Americas.

She noted that the region has seen a 17 per cent decrease in fatalities from Covid-19.

Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director.