High Public Demand for COVID-19 Vaccines in Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain, 8th April, 2021 – The Ministry of Health thanks the public for the high levels of COVID-19 vaccine uptake throughout the country. To date 4,777 persons in Trinidad and Tobago have received the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine with no adverse events reported. This includes the 1,137 healthcare workers who were administered the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the donation by the Government of Barbados.
The Ministry acknowledges the teething issues that exist and advises the public that it is continuously evaluating the system and is in the process of implementing solutions aimed at customer service improvement. The public will begin to experience the impact of these improvements over the course of the next week. In spite of these challenges, daily targets are being met and even surpassed in some instances.
Currently, healthcare workers and persons aged 60 and over with Non-communicable (NCDs) (such as hypertension and diabetes) have been prioritised to receive the vaccine.
In Trinidad and Tobago, vaccination is voluntary and the COVID-19 vaccine will only be administered to persons who have indicated an interest in receiving the vaccine. Only vaccines that have attained WHO approval and have undergone rigorous scientific and clinical analysis, in keeping with the highest vaccine testing standards, are used in Trinidad and Tobago.
Members of the public who require further information on COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine should visit the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 web page (health.gov.tt/covid19) or call the COVID-19 hotlines via 800-WELL or 877-WELL (9355) in Trinidad and 800-HEAL (4325) in Tobago.