Security heads get first dose of vaccine

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Security heads get first dose of vaccine

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, and Police Commissioner Gary Griffith both received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Ogden on Saturday.

An initial 3,000 doses of the vaccine have been provided for those categorised as essential workers, and the process for them began yesterday.

This group also included: Parliamentarians and their spouses, senior Public Officers, Local Government Personnel, Police/Customs/Immigration/Fire Officers and members of the Defence Force.

Minister Young said not everyone will receive the vaccine in this first rounds that they’ve been provided at national security.
But, he said “We have certain tests in place, certain protocols and policies in place as to who qualifies for frontline and we will make sure it’s appropriately distributed on a pro rata basis to the various divisions and they will then do what needs to be done.”

Young, who had high blood pressure, urged people, “Please consider getting the vaccine. Of course, speak to your personal health care physician before and just make sure you are a candidate for the vaccine and then go right ahead and get it done.”

Also getting the vaccine on Saturday was acting Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Dexter Francis; acting Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan; Chief Fire Officer Marlon Smith; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management CEO, Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart; Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews; and Commandant of the TT Cadet Force, Lt Colonel Reynold York.