Professor Gordon Shirley (left) Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester (center), Peter Melhado (right)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appointed a high powered National Covid-19 Vaccination Operationalisation Task Force to assist in ramping up the country’s vaccination rate.

The task force, which is being led by President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley, had its first meeting on Friday.

The task force includes Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dunstan Bryan and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquline Bissasor-McKenzie.

Former Chief Medical Officer and Adolescent Health Specialist, Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester, also sits on the taskforce.

So too Professor Lloyd Waller who’s in charge of Transformation Policy and Governance at the UWI. 

Colonel Markland Lloyd of the Jamaica Defence Force, prominent businessman, Peter Melhado and Office of the Prime Minister Consultant, Alok Jain, complete the taskforce.

Prime Minister Holness says the taskforce was instituted to liaise with the Health Ministry and the private sector.

The task force has been mandated to scale up and streamline both the public and private sector managed aspects of the National Vaccination Programme to make it more efficient, seamless and accessible for Jamaicans.