PM Holness is anticipating COVID vaccines by August

The Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, is expecting more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in the forthcoming month of August. He stated that these vaccines would help to inoculate the citizens.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, is expecting more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in the forthcoming month of August. He stated that these vaccines would help to inoculate the citizens.

PM Holness asserted, “We are expecting that we would continue to vaccinate our population of senior citizens, our significant workers such as – healthcare workers, police force, military, and our teachers.”

He further stated that the government’s plan is that when the academic year for 2021/2022 would commence, the students would be able to go to schools and attend offline classes.

When he visited to meet the students at Penwood High School in Kingston who participated in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate – CSEC or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination – CAPE superclasses, the prime minister made these statements in preparation for the regional external tests slated to begin on June 28.

These classes were aided by the volunteers with the non-profit organization – Jamaica Millennium Vision for Youth.

PM Holness further added, “If we want to reopen schools, we need teachers to be fully vaccinated. It is possible to have schools still operating even in the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the senior grades. One critical criteria in that respect for me would be to see that all our teachers are vaccinated. That is very important.”

As per the prime minister’s view, the leadership of the schools should bring the teachers together and have a discussion about it.

Following the statement, the prime minister further added that “The decision to completely return physical classroom activities which would be handled by the public health science and established safety protocols.”

He further then asked the students, teachers, and rest staff to follow the COVID-19 health protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and sanitizing frequently.

PM Holness also urged the teachers to get their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.