Measures being taken to improve COVID vaccine appointment system

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    Additional phone lines are being added to facilitate the number of calls from persons interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The national roll out began yesterday, however there have been complaints of long wait times to book an appointment, or in some cases, a lack of access via phone.

    Principal Medical Officer, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, acknowledged the challenges today.

    She adds that in addition to extra phone-lines, the Ministry is looking to establish an online appointment system.

    Phase 1 of the vaccination roll out focuses on frontline health care workers and persons over 60 years with non-communicable diseases.

    Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says 1,153 COVID-19 shots were administered yesterday across the country.