Jamaica will receive considerably fewer doses of vaccines in its first shipment under the Covax facility than was originally announced.
Early last month Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton had announced that Jamaica was set to receive 146,000 to 249,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, by mid to late February.
Dr. Tufton revealed on Sunday however that the first shipment will have fewer than 15,000 doses.
Dr. Tufton added however that Jamaica has secured an allocation of 1.8 million doses of vaccines under the African Medical Supply Platform.
He said delivery of this supply is scheduled to start in April.
Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said that allocation of 1.8 million doses is an improvement on the original allocation.
Meanwhile, a donation of 50,000 doses of vaccines is to arrive in Jamaica this week from India.
Jamaica has set aside more funds in this year’s budget to purchase about 3.5 million doses of vaccines by March 2022.