Number of children being vaccinated plummets

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Number of children being vaccinated plummets

The numbers of children being vaccinated have plummeted in recent weeks.

In fact, the Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh on Saturday revealed that more adults have been taking advantage of the Pfizer vaccine than children.

During the MOH media briefing, Deyalsingh noted that when the initiative to distribute the Pfizer vaccine to children between the ages of 12 and 18 began, an average of 3004 children were vaccinated per day.

However, recent figures indicate that it is now an average of 550 per day.

He is again urging parents and children to seek out vaccination as the expiry date for these vaccines approaches.

Deyalsingh said: “Don’t let the numbers lull us into a sense of complacency. When you look at the results more adults are taking advantage of the Pfizer vaccine and parents, and children are not taking advantage of it and your numbers have plummeted to about one sixth of where we started at. The message is that we need our children 12-18 the total cohort in that group for the school aged population which is 90,000 only 33,540 have been vaccinated with their first dose so far, just over one third.”

“We are not out of the woods yet with our children under the ages of 12-19. Of that figure we have to minus 230 which is the migrant population. Parents and children, we need you all to step up the plate in the coming weeks because your window of opportunity will start to close because of expiry date issues, where we have to administer the first dose by the middle to end of October,” he said.