JM | Sep 14, 2021

Health Ministry to suspend Pfizer jabs as of Wednesday due to supply availability

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

Dr Christopher Tufton addressing Thursday’s (July 22) COVID Conversations press briefing. (Photo: JIS)

In light of limited Pfizer vaccine availability in country, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that, effective Wednesday (September 15), administration of the vaccine will be suspended.

The postponement comes as Jamaica awaits the arrival of a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, which is expected in country in the coming weeks.

Speaking at a Health Ministry press conference held earlier this evening, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton stated: “While the country awaits the arrival of more Pfizer doses, members of the public who are due their second dose of the vaccine are assured that they will get it once supplies arrive in-country.”

Andrew Jarrett (seated), Scotiabank Customer Service Supervisor, is prepared to take his COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Contributed)

Seeking to alleviate any concerns that may arise from persons who were slated to receive their second Pfizer dose this week, the minister informed that the World Health Organization recommendations on the administration of Pfizer second doses give consideration to the second dose being given three to six weeks after the first dose and up to 12 weeks in some instances.

As the country awaits the arrival of a second Pfizer vaccine shipment, the ministry noted that it will be continuing to administer the other two-dose vaccine, AstraZeneca; and the single-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson.

Members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from severe illness, hospitalisation and/or death.

To become vaccinated, members of the public are encouraged to visit a vaccination site close to them. Details on the sites can be found at


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