The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine will soon be available at a health centre near you.
Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, during Saturday media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, said that due to low numbers for the Johnson & Johnson, which were being offered to those in the rural communities, a decision has been taken to expand the location for delivery.
Deyalsingh said 503,239, or about 36 per cent of the population, have received their first dose of a Covid19 vaccine, and 390,380 or 28 per cent were fully vaccinated.
However, of the fully vaccinated, only 1,063 received the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.
108,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were purchased by government from the Africa Medical Supplies Platform, which arrived in the country on August 20 and the authorities were hoping that the uptake would have been higher.
Now, the ministry plans to expand the vaccination drive from mobile units in rural, coastal and inland communities and make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available at all 109 health centres.
Deyalsingh said they will also have “pop-ups” at construction sites, malls, groceries, markets and other public spaces.