Health Minister assures no return of mask mandate

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Health Minister assures no return of mask mandate

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has assured that despite the growing number of covid cases on the international front, there will be no return of the mask mandate or any additional health measures for the upcoming Carnival season.

Speaking at the Trincity Mall on Friday, for the launch of a vaccination drive, Deyalsingh said, “We are in a state now where we feel comfortable, that once people heed the call to get vaccinated, everything should be alright. We are not considering recommending any other measures.”

Deyalsingh added, “Ever since the mask mandate was lifted, we have been recommending that immunocompromised persons wear their masks in certain settings. I am immunocompromised, I am diabetic, and I am 65 years old. I am protecting myself, and I am asking all the elderly immunocompromised to protect themselves. Simple mask-wearing is very effective.”

He pointed out that there are approximately 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. He also urged the public to get influenza vaccines as five persons passed away from that virus last year.

The Ministry of Health will be dispensing vaccination at various shopping plazas every Friday and Saturday, over the next five weeks.