PM Rowley apologizes to citizens over COVID-19 vaccine mismanagement

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has apologized to the population of the country, particularly senior citizens for the problems people faced attempting to receive the COVID-19 vaccines at various Health Centres this week.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has apologized to the population of the country, particularly senior citizens for the problems people faced attempting to receive the COVID-19 vaccines at various Health Centres this week.

The prime minister further acknowledged that “The government has tried to do too much, with too little.” However, he also ensured the people that the Ministry of Health of T&T is making the required changes to guarantee a more fluid COVID-19 vaccination roll-out for the older people.

PM Rowley made these remarks during a press conference which was held at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, on Saturday 12th June 2021.

Despite this, PM Rowley also announced that –
– A shipment of 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is expected to enter in the country on Monday 14th June 2021.
– Thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been donated to Trinidad and Tobago by the government of Grenada – 8,000 doses, and the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 5,500 doses.
– The Construction Sector of the country to remain closed. However, Prime Minister Rowley stated that he would discuss with the Minister of Finance roads to assist this sector.
– Shift operations to be executed at Hardware stores.

The Minister of Health – Terrence Deyalsingh, also announced modifications to the National COVID-19 Vaccination Drive for the senior citizens, which is expected to commence on Wednesday 16th June 2021 and indicated that the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out would continue to take place across the island.

The people aged 65 years and above would be given appointments for COVID-19 vaccination across 36 Health Centres in the nation. The Regional Health Authorities would contact their Primary Health Care clients, and District Health Visitors would contact and visit shut-ins who fall within this age group.