Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said it was optimal that all of the students expected to return to school be vaccinated.
At Saturday’s media briefing he said: “We want the majority of the population to be vaccinated because of the way children interact there’s a higher risk and because of the environment itself, there’s a higher risk of spread from one person to the next.”
He added, “So as many people that could be vaccinated in that age group, the better the outcome will be in terms of spread if and when we return to that environment.”
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has stated: “Our plan is to bring out our secondary school children starting first and foremost with those in the exam year—Forms four, five and six—we bring them out first.
This batch of students will be writing the CSEC and CAPE examinations.
Rowley said “As more of the student population is vaccinated, the rest of the classes will be brought out. He said this was the only extent to which the school reopening is currently being explored.
“We’re not down in the primary school yet. We’ll deal with that when we get there.”
The Education Ministry intends to roll out its vaccination plan for children between the ages of 12 and 18 from Monday.
The students will be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech doses donated to T&T from the United States.