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Jamaica trying to secure Pfizer vaccine doses from CARICOM country

Prime Minister Andrew Holness
 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the government is making progress in securing an urgent shipment of the Pfizer vaccine.
 
On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced it was suspending administering the Pfizer vaccine due to a supply shortage.
 
Mr. Holness, who was addressing Parliament on Wednesday, said Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith is in talks with a CARICOM country for a shipment of the vaccine.
 
The Government had initially said doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be given to children 12 years and older so that face-to-face-classes could resume. However, in an effort to increase vaccine take-up, it opened up the administering of that vaccine to other members of the public. 
 
Mr. Holness disclosed that when new supplies of the Pfizer vaccine arrive in Jamaica, the Government will be strictly prioritising children, hence, the vaccine will no longer be "widely available to everyone".
 


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