Good news for T&T in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.
The Minister of Health has announced that this country is set to receive between 100,000 to 120,000 doses of the AstraZeneca two-dose vaccine by the end of February into March.
Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the vaccines had been procured via the COVAX Facility and approximately 50,000 to 60,000 people will receive the vaccine in T&T during the first phase.
Deyalsingh made the revelation while addressing the T&T Medical Association Virtual Presidential Inauguration & Conferring of Honours Ceremony 2021.
Deyalsingh said they would now decide how this initial batch of vaccines would be divided between the public and private sectors.
For the public health, it will be managed by the Ministry of Health, while the private health care sector will be managed by itself with oversight from the ministry through Health Systems Adviser, Dr Stewart Smith.
Deyalsingh said, “The private sector will be doing their vaccination programme in tandem with the public sector. What we are aiming to do is to take the vaccination to people instead of people coming for the vaccination.”
He said the vaccines will be given to the private facilities for free and he has appealed to the operators of these institutions to also “give it away free.”