Gov’t to spend $978 million under COVID-19 vaccination programme

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has provided a breakdown and of the $978 million it intends to spend on resources for the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
This will add to the $5 billion allocation for procuring vaccines.
The government will spend $286 million on procuring 3.5 million syringes and $232 million on hiring 80 temporary staff members across the four regional health authorities. 
A consultant will also develop the vaccination policy at a cost of $2.1 million.
A further breakdown of the $978 million budget shows $150 million has been allocated for a public education programme.
This includes $22 million to be paid to a consultant firm to develop and implement the communication plan and $64.3 million for advertising in traditional media and social media.
Last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness indicated the original budget for the coronavirus vaccine education campaign would be scaled back.
The government is allocating $27.8 million for 12 public education sessions in each regional health authority that will include groups, medical professionals, teachers, first responders and $36.2 million dollars for brochures, flyers and other material.
There will also be an upgrade of the web-based Vaccine Management System at a cost of $54.3 million.
The system will track the movement of vaccines across Jamaica and produce reports on demand and uptake.
Four per cent or $36.2 million of the budget has also been set aside for research.
The government's COVID-19 vaccination programme will see two million Jamaicans inoculated by March next year.

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