Over hundred cultural workers and artistes accessed the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts’ initiative for COVID-19 vaccinations at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) Agora Campus.
Today’s exercise according to the Tourism Ministry was in keeping with the initiative announced by the Ministry last week which provided for cultural workers, including artistes and event managers, to receive vaccinations and travel return exemptions to work abroad and return hassle-free.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Randall Mitchell said he was satisfied with today’s exercise and “the overwhelming response.
He said “as you know, the initiative is aimed at preparing those in the cultural and arts sector that have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for a return to work as they have been unable to work for more than a year. We strongly believe this is a timely intervention.”
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association (TTPA) Jerome “Rome” Precilla thanked the Ministry for spearheading this drive and listening to their suggestions.
“We were very grateful and we still are grateful to the Government…I must say thanks to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts for reaching out to me, and the association, for us to partner on this venture. The majority of the sector is rearing to go because they realise that the only way for us to get out of this (pandemic) and for us to start back performing and to be entertainers and to see crowds is if we all get vaccinated. Kudos to the entire industry for coming out.”
Trevlyn The Voice who got vaccinated earlier today urged others to get vaccinated.
“I came in, took the shot (vaccine), was put in the observation room for about 15-20 minutes and I have zero issues. They told me of the precautionary measures as to what could take place (side effects) and what to do and where to go (if they happen). So my advice to you (citizens in general) is that you should make your appointments and go where they are telling you to go for the necessary steps and get it done, do it to give yourself a fighting chance against COVID-19.”
The Ministry’s vaccination drive was carried out through a liaison team from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and officials from the Ministry of Health.
Application forms for the vaccination initiative can be downloaded from the Ministry’s website at: https://bit.ly/34Y5p2l while the return travel exemption forms can be accessed via https://bit.ly/3poRDiM.