The Ministry of Health will begin providing the new influenza (flu) vaccine to members of the public, at no cost, on Tuesday 29th September.
The Ministry said that the national flu vaccination initiative is especially critical as Trinidad and Tobago continues to implement its COVID-19 response.
A high flu vaccine uptake by the public will help to reduce the demand for public health resources to treat flu-related complications. Thus, these resources can be used to treat COVID-19 patients.
While the flu vaccine is available for everyone, persons who are at the highest risk of getting very ill from the flu are especially encouraged to get the new flu vaccine.
Persons in the high-risk group include:
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years
- Adults 60 years of age and over
- Pregnant women
- Persons suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases – NCDs (e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease)
- Persons with compromised immune systems (e.g. persons with Lupus, cancer patients)
- Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses (e.g. Asthma,Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Members of the National Security Forces and Customs and Immigration Division
- Healthcare workers
In Trinidad, while the flu vaccine will be available at all Health Centres, the Centres listed below will provide the new flu vaccine from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm:
Arima Health Centre
Barataria Health Centre
Carenage Health Centre
Claxton Bay Health Centre
Couva District Health Facility
Cumuto Health Centre
Cunupia Health Centre
Freeport Health Centre
Oropouche Health Centre
La Brea Health Centre
Mathura Health Centre
Mayaro District Health Facility
Palo Seco Health Centre
Point Fortin Health Centre
Rio Claro Health Centre
Roy Joseph Health Centre
San Juan Health Centre
Sangre Grande (Old) Health Centre
St. Helena Health Centre
St. Joseph Enhanced Health Centre
St. Madeline Health Centre
Williamsville Health Centre
Woodbrook Health Centre
Members of the public may call the other health centres in Trinidad for their specific flu vaccination schedules.
The public is also invited to visit the social media pages of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Health for the flu vaccination schedules for Health Centres in Tobago.