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Health Ministry to suspend administering Pfizer vaccine amid supply shortage

Dr. Christopher Tufton
 
The Ministry of Health will on Wednesday suspend administering the Pfizer vaccine due to a supply shortage.
 
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton made the disclosure at a news conference on Tuesday. 
 
"We are now near completion of the administration of the more than 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that were shipped to Jamaica from the United States last month. Up to 12 noon today (Tuesday), some 179,915 doses of the Pfizer had been administered. Of that number, some 143,039 were first doses and 36,876 were second doses. The expectation is that by tomorrow, by end of day today, we would have used up the just over 28,000 remaining doses. As a consequence, this announcement is in anticipation of that," he told the briefing. 
 
Dr. Tufton said a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine is expected "within the next two to three weeks." 
 
Once the shipment arrives, he said people now due their second dose will be given the jab. 
 
Jamaica will on Wednesday reach its target of administering 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
 


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