PM: I take responsibility for Wednesday’s vaccination issues

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    The Prime Minister has taken responsibility for Wednesday’s walk-in vaccination roll out and a new process has been announced.

    Wednesday saw lines and congregation as persons turned up to get COVID-19 jabs on a first come, first serve basis.

    Speaking at a media conference today, Dr Keith Rowley said T&T is in no position to carry out what he now describes as a “mass vaccination” exercise.

    Dr Rowley explained that the failed process will not be attempted again.

    CMO Dr Roshan Parasram addressed concerns about increased spread following the congregation.

    Dr Rowley also announced that 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine are expected to arrive by Monday afternoon but said this still would not allow “mass vaccination.”

    Meanwhile, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh revealed a new, adjusted system for distribution of the first doses starting next Wednesday at 36 health centres.

    Minister Deyalsingh noted that talks are ongoing regarding persons 65 and over who are not in the public system’s clinics.

    He also said an IT platform is also expected to be introduced in about two to three weeks for vaccine appointments.

    Meanwhile, the PM requested that the call-in system for vaccine appointment continues to operate.