Grenada awaits its shipment of mandatory child vaccines

Dr Shawn Charles, the acting Chief Medical Officer - CMO of Grenada island, has stated that the island would have to wait for its shipment of mandatory childhood vaccines due to the global pandemic situation.

Grenada: Dr Shawn Charles, the acting Chief Medical Officer – CMO of Grenada island, has stated that the island would have to wait for its shipment of mandatory childhood vaccines due to the global pandemic situation.

He explained and stated that many of the childhood vaccines are manufactured by the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world that is the Serum Institute of India, and asserted, “So, expect some delays due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19.”

Grenada island obtains its vaccines for child immunization through the revolving Fund of Pan American Health Organization – PAHO, which is the same device used by most of the nations in the Caribbean region.

It includes child immunization vaccination against – measles, mumps, and rubella -MMR, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis – DPT and for polio.

Nickolas Steele, who is the Health Minister, has informed that the child immunization vaccines are near to their expiration and urged the parents to use the vaccines before they expire.

According to the Grenada school system, it is mandatory for the child to get immunized in order to get admission in the school against the infectious diseases.

The Public Health (School Children Immunization) Act of Grenada further states that “No child should be admitted as a pupil to a pre-primary school, primary school, private school or all-age school unless he or she produces to the principal thereof, a certificate of immunization with respect to every communicable disease”.

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic situation is also under-controlled in Grenada as the island has not reported any positive case in past one week. Moreover, the nation only has reported single death amid the COVID-19 virus.

Since the pandemic started, the island reported a total of 161 COVID-19 cases, out of which 160 patients have been recovered from the deadly virus.