The Ministry of Health and Wellness is moving to focus this week on the full vaccination of teachers who are to begin administering exit examinations at the primary and secondary levels.

Some 7-thousand teachers were vaccinated in the first wave of vaccinations since March.

The Ministry says it hopes to fully vaccinate those teachers who will interact with students sitting the exit exams.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan, provided our news center with an update yesterday.

Students are expected to begin sitting the Primary Exit Examinations, PEP, starting May 26, while students at the CSEC and CAPE levels are scheduled to begin their written exams on June 14.

The Permanent Secretary says alongside the priority teachers, persons 60 years and older who are yet to receive their first jabs may also register on the Ministry’s online portal.

Mr. Bryan says there is still a pause on the vaccination blitz sites as a result of the shortages of the drug currently being experienced worldwide.

Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bryan is expressing optimism that the persons now due for their second dose of the vaccine will comply with taking the jab.

He says he does not expect hesitancy from the frontline workers and first responders.

Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

There were concerns in some quarters as to whether there would be challenges with getting Jamaicans to return for their second jab.