Stevian Simmonds reports.

There’s consensus between the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise, MSME Alliance, and the Medical Association of Jamaica MAJ, that though unsustainable, the no-movement days seem to be working to avert the spread of COVID 19.

Both also agree there’s a need to ramp up the vaccination efforts and increase the rate of inoculation.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness imposed the no-movement days amid a persistent surge in COVID 19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

But some stakeholders have questioned the efficiency of the measure.

President of the MAJ, Dr. Andrew Manning says there’s been a reduction in the productivity rate of the virus since the imposition of the lockdowns.

President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignall, says if the measure is working it should be continued.

According to Dr. Manning, the measure should continue until the positivity rate is at a more tolerable level.

Mr. Wignall agrees the solution lies in upping the rate of vaccination.