Tobago to receive new vaccine chillers this week

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Tobago to receive new vaccine chillers this week

Storage devices are being acquired on the sister isle of Tobago this week, to facilitate the arrival of various Covid19 vaccines, which are expected in March.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Acting County Medical Officer of Health Dr Tiffany Hoyte said, “Although we do not yet know because there are several vaccine candidates and we do not know which vaccine TT will receive, we are implementing storage capacity to cater for whichever vaccine is received.”

She said “Currently in Tobago, our vaccine chillers are able to store vaccines within the temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius.

On Thursday, she said they will be acquiring chillers for the vaccines that are -20 degrees Celsius as well as a chiller for the -70 degrees vaccine. “Our cold storage facility for housing these chillers has already been insulated and prepped and ready.”

Health Secretary, Tracy Davidson-Celestine said “Our capacity is growing and we are preparing. But I would rather to see a situation where we prepare and don’t have to utilise that preparation but most importantly, we will have the vaccine coming soon.

The candidate vaccines for the region through COVAX are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sanofi.