Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh hopes to administer up to 1,000 shots a day of the Covid19 vaccine in the month of April.
A total of 33,600 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in TT last evening and Deyalsingh, CMO Dr Roshan Parasram, Dr Erica Wheeler of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), as well as officials of the National Insurance Property Development Com¬pany Ltd (Nipdec), were at the airport to receive the vaccines.
This batch of vaccines will see 16,800 people vaccinated, as each person requires two shots.
Speaking on TV6 last evening, Deyalsingh said “We will have to get rid of these vaccines in about two months and we plan to get rid of it in about one month, so we plan to ramp up to about 1,000 vaccines a day within the first week and then more than that, so by the end of April, we should get through our 16,000.”
On receiving the vaccines yesterday, Deyalsingh said they were loaded onto a refrigerated truck and transported to the C40 in Chaguaramas for storage.
Deyalsingh said the vaccines will be distributed across 21 sites in Trinidad and Tobago for rollout and “We start (vaccination) on both islands, Trinidad and Tobago, bright and early on Tuesday, April 6.”
The second batch from the COVAX Facility (77,000 vaccines) is expected to be delivered by the end of May.