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Jamaica’s Parliament: Budget $s for COVID19 vaccines

Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke says six billion of the sixty billion dollars ‘Serve Jamaica’ social and economic recovery programme will fund the purchase of COVID19 vaccines.

Written by Tasha Ann Miller

February 18, 2021

The focus of the just concluded budget opening for fiscal year 2021/2022 in Jamaica will be on getting COVID19 vaccines and funding the related health expenses.

Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke says six billion of the sixty billion dollars ‘Serve Jamaica’ social and economic recovery programme will fund the purchase of COVID19 vaccines. He says the vaccines will be available for two million Jamaicans in the government’s effort to achieve population immunity to the virus.

There will also be allocations for small business and expanding broadband reach for schools under the ‘Serve Jamaica’ Programme. Budget presentations will begin in March. Dr. Clarke, continues to reiterate that Jamaica will recover stronger.

This was the campaign banner of the victorious Jamaica Labour Party from the recently concluded September 2020 elections. Dr. Clarke continues to style the initiatives of the government under programme names such as the CARE programme which provided relief earlier during the pandemic. Dr. Clarke in his opening remarks says that he wants the budget presentation to be simplified for all Jamaicans to understand.  A total of $830.8 billion dollars is set for this fiscal year’s budget.    

By Tasha Miller

I am a Christian journalist with a passion for providing insightful and relevant information to the public. I write about education, politics, Christianity, and other areas. My focus is to provide factual and clear details so that people can be thoroughly equipped within this new age of media. I am a trained journalist with about three years of experience working in media professionally as a producer and production assistant. Follow my blog for dynamic and fresh content which will soon include exclusive content such as mini-documentaries, and feature pieces.

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