Increase in vaccinations on the sister isle – process likely to end second week in May

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Increase in vaccinations on the sister isle – process likely to end second week in May

Although there was a slight decrease in the number of people being vaccinated in Tobago, following claims that a man in Trinidad died from blood clots relating to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the Division of Health and Wellness has now recorded an uptick.

According to acting General Manager of Primary Care Services at the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) Dr Roxanne Mitchell, more than 1,500 doses of the vaccine have been administered to date.

Speaking during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday, Dr Mitchell also revealed that so far the Scarborough Health Centre was leading in the number of vaccinations with 51% being administered, followed by the Canaan Health Centre with 31% and then the Roxborough Health Centre with 16%.

She said, “We began at a reasonable level, fell off a little and then we rose to a maximum around the 12th and 13th of April. But, we had a sudden falloff following the news article regarding the alleged clots found in a person from Trinidad. We have since seen the numbers pick up at Roxborough Health Centre.”

She added, “We are going to see a similar drop-off at the Canaan Health Centre but they have been holding steady with the number of persons over 60 and under 60.” And there was also a fall off at the Scarborough Health Centre, she said.

“As of today (Tuesday), our numbers have picked back up,” the doctor said.

Dr Mitchell said that she expected the 2,500 vaccines allocated to Tobago in this phase of the vaccination to end for the latest by the second week in May.

Persons receiving vaccines from April 6 to April 16 at the Roxborough Health Centre were 218, at the Canaan Health Centre, 485 and the Scarborough Health Centre, 754, Dr Mitchell indicated.

There were 193 healthcare workers who received the vaccine, 664 persons under the age of 60 and 600 individuals over the age of 60 who has received the vaccine, she said.