CEO of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Gabriel Faria, said the chamber is aiming to vaccinate 2,500 people per day at its mass vaccination camp, which is set up at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain.
He said they hope to achieve this goal over a two-month period as part of the effort by the private sector to help this country achieve herd immunity status in the fight against COVID-19.
Speaking to GML, Faria said that following their launch of the NAPA site on Monday, they have seen a steady uptick in the numbers of people wanting to be vaccinated.
This was being balanced by the number of walk-ins being accommodated.
He said their 2,500 over 2 months target was based solely on two factors, with the first being the public’s demand for the vaccine and secondly, the number of vaccines the T&T Chamber will receive from the Ministry of Health.
Faria said, “The private sector has been extremely supportive and we have gotten so much support from persons who have donated their time, products, food items, computers, generators and those who have come out to support this effort.”
Faria said they were attempting to implement an automated system to reduce the time people would have to spend being screened and said this would greatly aid in increasing the daily numbers being vaccinated and also ensure the process moved faster and smoother.
He stressed that their initial focus had been to ensure members of the business community were vaccinated.
“Based on the feedback from the ministry, we were recognised as a mass vaccination site. However, we are getting general people and we are not turning them away.” — Anna-Lisa Paul