Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the shipment of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the United Kingdom is to arrive in Jamaica on Friday.
Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services, said "if all goes as planned," the vaccines should arrive by "Friday afternoon into the evening."
But she said the ministry will await the arrival of more vaccine doses before opening the inoculation programme to all groups.
"We should be getting more in a week or two. Remember we have that batch from Johnson and Johnson and that is slated for early August, so we should be able to open up at that time," she noted while speaking Wednesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106.
The UK donation is part of 1.4 million doses of vaccines to be shipped to the island by the end of September.