NHF Chairman Howard Mitchell
The COVID-19 vaccine shortage in Jamaica is expected to ease in a week with a large shipment of the medicine from the United Kingdom.
Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF), made the disclosure in an interview with Radio Jamaica News.
"We anticipate receipt of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the United Kingdom within the next seven days. Thereafter, hopefully within a further 10 days, we anticipate delivery of 168,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson from the African Medical Support platform," he revealed.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has said there will be no restrictions on who can get inoculated when the country receives new shipments of COVID-19 vaccines.
The government has announced plans to inoculate between 800,000 and 900,000 people by the end of September.
The government had developed a priority schedule for administering the vaccines, starting with health care workers and seniors.
However, during a Ministry of Health media briefing last week Dr. Tufton said the plan would be changed.