Trinidad and Tobago: After a long wait and struggle, COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago under the COVAX facility.
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Keith Rowley has stated, “Trinidad and Tobago receive its first shipment of 33,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility.”
Furthermore, he added, “This delivery is part of the first phase of deliveries for Trinidad and Tobago, and more vaccines are expected to arrive during the coming months.”
The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Trinidad and Tobago facilitated by the COVAX alliance: CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF, WHO and PAHO. “I wish to express how happy we are that these WHO-approved vaccines have landed on our soil…” said Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.
Minister has announced that the rollout of up to 1,000 jabs a day is expected in April.
Once the vaccines arrive in the nation, they will be stored at two places in Chaguaramas and Couva.
The vaccines will then be issued at 21 sites across the nation.
The Ministry announced the administration would begin the national vaccination rollout program on April 6.
The Ministry’s 877-WELL, 800-WELL and, in Tobago, 800-HEAL COVID-19 hotlines will also be repurposed to discuss the national vaccination drive.
The Ministry has also given a vaccination centres list which has been set up for the public vaccination program.
On the other hand, 18 new positive coronavirus cases have been reported over a 24-hour period by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
In its 4 pm update, the ministry’s most up-to-date tally examined the current number of positive cases at 254, with the total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported since March 12, 2020, reaching 8,004.
It noted that the 18 new COVID-19 cases resulting from units taken from Saturday to Monday include three individuals who were recently found.
Sixteen patients are under observation in the hospital. Another four are in step-down departments, while 303 patients are in-country quarantine buildings and 216 remain self-isolated at their respective homes.