PSOJ says vaccination efforts should not be politicised

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says Jamaica's vaccination efforts should not be politicised. 
The call follows the declaration by the People's National Party that it is against vaccination mandates. 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said he will announce the government's decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements when he completes his vaccination tour across Jamaica.
The PSOJ says if a unified approach is not agreed on, Jamaica's economic recovery could be in jeopardy. 
The PSOJ argued that with less than 20 per cent of the country fully or partially vaccinated, Jamaica's COVID-19 vaccination programme has underperformed. 
It said the prospect of the country reaching its target of having 65 per cent of the population inoculated by March 2022 against COVID-19, is also waning. 
The private sector body noted that with 54 per cent of the population indicating they are not willing to take the vaccine at this time, the government, private sector and civil society are grappling with how, if and when a mandate should be introduced. 
It has therefore called for the opposition and the government to jointly determine and inform the country of a common position on a National COVID-19 Vaccine Policy.   
As for public sector workers, the PSOJ said the government must begin the introduction of vaccine workplace policies to keep its workforce and the general public, which it serves, as safe as possible.  

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