Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging some local pastors to desist from imposing their religious beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccine on their congregations.

Scores of religious-minded persons across the country have refused to be vaccinated on the instruction of their religious leaders.

The Prime Minister says while religious leaders are free to preach, they have a responsibility not to try to discourage congregants from being vaccinated.

Mr. Holness says persons with religious beliefs should be free to make their own choices regarding vaccination.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

He was speaking during a vaccination tour yesterday.