146,147 JAMAICANS RECEIVE FIRST DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA VACCINE

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Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says eight per cent of the targeted population has been inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Speaking at a virtual COVID Conversations press briefing on May 13, the Minister said that of the 1.924 million persons in the targeted population, only 146,147 Jamaicans have received their first dose of the vaccine.

Of the total Jamaicans who received the first dose, 47 per cent are from Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas; 21 per cent from Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth; 20 per cent from St. James, Hanover, Trelawny and Westmoreland, and 12 per cent fromĀ  Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann.

Dr. Tufton said the Ministry has started to administer the second dose of the vaccine, and that approximately 40,000 persons are due for their second dose in May.