Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicans who wish to travel overseas after being vaccinated, can be confident that the country’s vaccination programme is of the highest standard.
Speaking yesterday (September 23, 2021) during a tour of Vaccination Blitz sites across the parish of Trelawny, Prime Minister Holness explained that countries overseas can be certain about the vaccination process here in Jamaica. He noted that the Government is implementing mechanisms to ensure the Jamaican vaccination cards can be externally verified.
The Prime Minister said, “We track everyone who has taken the vaccine, so, if you needed to travel, and you arrived in the foreign country and presented your card, there will be the appropriate systems to ensure that the country you have travelled to, can verify your card on the Jamaican database and be satisfied that your vaccination is legitimate.”
Notably, developing systems of verification is part of the responsibilities of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Operationalization Task Force and was outlined in the TOR well in advance of current concerns.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Holness stated that the Government acknowledges the impact the pandemic has had on all Jamaicans. He said the Government continues to effectively manage the protocols to balance lives and livelihoods.
“The pandemic has had an impact on our outlook; in the first nine months (of the pandemic), the society was willing to rally together to confront the problem, but obviously the measures have had an economic as well as psychological impact on households which would of course affect the outlook and change the mood of the country. Therefore, the Government has to be very careful with how long it keeps these measures”, said Prime Minister Holness.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness is urging all Jamaicans to continue to practice the infection prevention protocols for the continued health and safety of the population, and importantly, to take the vaccine.