Health Minister: COVID-19 vaccine not mandatory

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    No citizen will be forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

    This point was made today by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, as he laid out T&T’s vaccination plan for the months ahead.

    He says it will not be mandatory, since some persons may have legitimate reasons for not getting the jab.

    At the same time however, he warns that some countries could soon require travelers to be vaccinated against the virus.

    Mr Deyalsingh says 50,000 doses will be ordered in the first instance, which will be enough to vaccinate 25,000 persons since the vaccine consists of two shots.

    He adds that T&T will hopefully receive the vaccine from April this year, with healthcare workers, frontline workers and the elderly to be given priority.

    Mr. Deyalsingh says T&T is ordering vaccines through the COVAX facility from the WHO, as well as outside of that arrangement.