T&T: Deyalsingh apologizes to citizens for underestimating vaccine demand

During the Ministry of Health's Virtual Media Conference – Wednesday 9 June 2021 of Trinidad and Tobago, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh apologizes to the citizens of the country for underestimating vaccine demand.

Trinidad and Tobago: During the Ministry of Health’s Virtual Media Conference – Wednesday 9 June 2021 of Trinidad and Tobago, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh apologizes to the citizens of the country for underestimating vaccine demand.

The apology of the health minister came after witnessing long lines and crowds at the 36 health centres for walk-in vaccinations.

Minister Deyalsingh also made an announcement that from 10 June 2021,
an alphabetic order by surname would be implemented only for people above 60 years.

Following the statement, he added, “This would be done in groups of 5 letters, for example, tomorrow only eligible people whose surnames fall in the A – E category will be seen, the coming day only those in the F – J category and so on.”

Minister Deyalsingh further informed that a total of 134,289 people had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in two months.

Dr Avery Hinds -the technical Director of Epidemiology, noted that the COVID-19 positivity rate in Trinidad and Tobago has started to decrease, which is an indicator that the viral transmission within the population is declining.

According to the statistics, the island reported a total of 27,079 novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic started out, of which a total of 16,647 individuals have been recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, due to the COVID-19 mutant, Trinidad and Tobago have reported a total of 599 deaths.

As of 8 June 2021, around 129,437 individuals have been vaccinated by receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is about 9.3 per cent of the population of T&T.

A total of 3,489 citizens of Trinidad and Tobago have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated now, which is around 0.3 per cent of the island’s total population.