Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that a COVID-19 vaccination policy is to be implemented for public sector workers.
Speaking on Tuesday afternoon in the House of Representatives, Mr. Holness said the policy is part of measures being implemented to stave off disruption in the public sector as the country continues to grapple with the effects of the pandemic.
Mr. Holness disclosed that public sector employees will be required to get vaccinated or get tested.
"The Government of Jamaica will be taking steps to ensure that we can secure and guarantee the continued operation and provision of government services. We have indicated long ago that we will put in place measures for testing and for requiring vaccinations for public sector workers," he told the House.
The Prime Minister insisted the requirement was necessary for the country to "move on" and to "get our economy back on track".
He reported that 21 per cent of the population has now been vaccinated.
"As of 10:00 a.m. today (Tuesday), we had administered 1,241,816 doses of vaccines - 646,536 first doses, 506,951 second doses, 77,403 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine, and 10,912 third doses or booster doses," Mr. Holness outlined.
Twenty-six per cent of the population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.