The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, says there’s no change in the expected time lines for the vaccine under the COVAX facility to be distributed to Jamaica.

Several persons have raised concerns about whether or not the vaccine will reach Jamaica by the end of February.

Last Thursday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton advised the country that it’s difficult to specify the date the vaccine will arrive.

PAHO’s Advisor of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Jamaica Office, Michelle Harris told our news centre yesterday afternoon, that the expected date is still February.

Ms. Harris noted that if the date changes, then the public will be advised.

Meanwhile, Ms. Harris says Jamaica has taken the necessary steps to receive the vaccine.

She added that Health Officials are just waiting.

Michelle Harris, Advisor of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Pan American Health Organization.

In the meantime…Ms. Harris says the protocols to deploy the vaccine is very tedious.

She explains that after the vaccine has been approved, there’re several other steps that have to be completed before vaccines can be deployed safely.

PAHO is urging members of the public to remain patient.

Ms. Harris said people should not underestimate the process.

Michelle Harris, Advisor of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health at PAHO.