It is good news that Jamaica will begin to receive shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 this month, earlier than the original timetable. But this announcement by the health minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, does not mean that Jamaicans can afford to become relaxed about the coronavirus.
Indeed, the current situation demands vigilance – a doubling down, even – on what for the majority of us will remain, for some time yet, the efficacious protection against the virus: wearing masks, physical distancing, and maintaining good hygiene such as the frequent washing of hands. The circumstances demand a redoubling by the Government of its enforcement of the protocols. This is more important than community lockdowns and quarantines. From an economic standpoint, it is also more sensible.