More shots on the way, walk-ins for vaccination to be allowed from next week

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    A large batch of Sinopharm vaccines is expected to arrive in T&T next week Thursday, while vaccines via the African Medical Supplies Platform could arrive in August.

    Both of these announcements came today from Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

    Regarding the Sinopharm doses, he says it will be more than the 100,000 doses received previously from China.

    As for the African Medical Platform’s vaccines, he says these would consist of 800,000 Johnson & Johnson shots, as this was the main type ordered.

    Given that Johnson & Johnson is a one dose vaccine, Dr Rowley believes this bodes well for T&T’s vaccination drive.

    Also speaking was Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, who announced changes to the ongoing vaccine rollout.

    From Wednesday 9th June 2021, there will be a walk-in process for first-dose Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines for persons in two specific groups.

    Mr Deyalsingh says government is using all 100,000 doses of Sinopharm for first dose as there is now an expected regular supply.

    He notes that some doses will be given to private organizations.

     

    Mr Deyalsingh says 20,000 doses then will be released into the public system to be given out at health centres from Wednesday.

    Mr Deyalsingh also states that, as more vaccines come into T&T, government plans to ramp up access.

    He believes hundreds of thousands of persons can be vaccinated in just three months.

     

    Mr Deyalsingh meanwhile reminds that the delivery of AstraZeneca 2nd dose starts on Monday.

    He says there are currently 144,200 doses of this vaccine in stock and government expects another 33,600.