Ministry of Health Advises: COVID-19 Booster Programme Coming Soon

Port of Spain, 30 November 2021: The Ministry of Health (MoH) advises the public that it is currently reviewing the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and is actively considering the issuing of booster doses to fully vaccinated members of the public in the near future.

Through the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme the MOH has amassed a strategic stock of approximately 690,625 COVID-19 vaccines. This figure includes two shipments acquired over the past 3 weeks that were in excess of 235,000 COVID-19 vaccines from the following sources:

1.    151,200 doses of Johnson and Johnson Vaccines from the African Medical Supply platform (6 November 2021).

2.    84,000 doses of Sinopharm Vaccines through the COVAX Facility (27 November 2021).

The MoH COVID-19 response continues to be proactive and ever-evolving in order to protect the population and prepare for any unforeseen eventualities.  As such, this present stock of vaccines is deliberately in excess of the national requirement, given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and the frequent emergence of variants of concern.

The MoH will provide further information on the launch and rollout of the COVID-19 Booster Programme as soon as the details are finalised. The public is also reminded that vaccination combined with effective public health measures are effective in reducing COVID-19 transmission and saving lives and livelihoods.

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