Jamaica budgets for 3 million vaccines this year

The Jamaican Government has allocated J$5 billion to obtain over three million coronavirus vaccine doses this year.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, addressing the virtual COVID Conversations press conference on February 18. Others (from left) are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan, and National Epidemiologist, Dr Karen Webster Kerr. (Photo: Mark Bell)

The revelation was by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton following the tabling of the budget for the new fiscal year yesterday.

“We’re in a position now, based on the budget, to say that we have the resources to secure vaccines for some two million Jamaicans,” Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton announced at a virtual COVID Conversation news conference yesterday evening.

“We can buy up to 3.5 million doses, five billion Jamaican dollars, two million Jamaicans, and that’s a commitment that the Government is making to the populace as part of the COVID response,” the minister said.

With most of the vaccines developed requiring two shots, 3.5 million doses would vaccinate approximately 175,000 Jamaicans over the course of the year.