Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 and Policy Options in Jamaica
Nov 3, 2021
The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 and Policy Options in Jamaica analyses data from 3194 respondents interviewed fduring the period February 24 to April 13, 2021, as well as secondary sources, It is the first comprehensive assessment that provides a definitive record of the impact and coping measures utilised in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica. The report is the first systematic identification of the vulnerable segments of the society who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The in-depth analysis provided is new and valuable as it presents policy options that can be used to reduce the impact of this and similar crises in the future. The study found that the Jamaican goverment and citizens need to be commended for their resilience and efforts at coping with the negative impact of the pandemic. However, the study revealed that urgent action is needed if the gains achieved in the fulfilment of the UN2030 Agenda and Vision 2030 Jamaica are not to be lost, irretrievably.