PRIME MINISTER SAYS GOVERNMENT NOT CONSIDERING MANDATORY VACCINATION

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is not currently considering making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory.

Mr. Holness said before any consideration can be given in this regard, the Government must demonstrate that an effective public education campaign was undertaken.

He said the current health situation does give strong justification that the Government should give a directive for vaccinations to be taken. However, the spirit of our Constitution and laws also requires a period of public education where citizens are engaged.

Mr. Holness said he was optimistic that the public education programme will encourage more Jamaicans to not only take the vaccine but also join the vaccination campaign.