Caribbean Airlines staff from Trinidad and Tobago, especially members of the airline’s flight crew, have been receiving vaccines courtesy the Ministry of Health in Guyana.
According to News Source Guyana, Guyana’s Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony on Tuesday confirmed that the airline recently requested some assistance in getting staff members vaccinated.
Dr Anthony said, “We did receive a letter from the airline to ask us whether or not we can assist with vaccination of their staff and we agreed. We have been working so when staff come in to one of our vaccination sites, we provide the vaccine for them.”
There are reports that in the past few weeks, there have been a number of other Caribbean nationals including prominent Trinidadians who were able to fly into Guyana, receive the first shot of one of the coronavirus vaccines then leave.
The Health Minister said the vaccination programme in Guyana is a very open one.
“Our policy has been very open and I think a number of Caribbean nationals who are here in Guyana have benefited from the vaccination programme. For us to achieve herd immunity, it means the people who are here should get vaccinated and so if they are residing in Guyana, we don’t have a problem with giving them the vaccine”, he said.
Guyana has been administering three of the COVID-19 vaccines, the Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V.
Guyana is currently experiencing a shortage of the second dose of the Sputnik vaccine with more than 100,000 people in the waiting line for the critical second shot.
Sputnik is still awaiting World Health Organization approval.