T&T government opens COVID vaccination for Pregnant women who are past first trimester

On Wednesday, the Technical Director of Epidemiology - Dr Avery Hinds, in a press conference, provided a COVID-19 update noting that Pregnant women who are past their first trimester would be allowed to take the Pfizer vaccine. 

Trinidad and Tobago: On Wednesday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Technical Director of Epidemiology – Dr Avery Hinds, in a press conference, provided a COVID-19 update noting that Pregnant women who are past their first trimester would be allowed to take the Pfizer vaccine. 

Giving an update on the country’s vaccination Dr Hinds added that 457,991 persons had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 329,737 have received both doses. 

Despite this, the Paediatric Consultant, Dr Mariama Alleyne, addressed the issue of vaccinating children and indicated that even though most children would experience mild disease from the COVID-19 pandemic, some would experience severe illness hospitalization, ICU and even death. 

The Doctor, following the statement, noted that the Delta Variant had been observed to cause more severe illness in children and encouraged parents to protect their children via vaccination adequately. 

Dr Mariama Alleyne, while addressing the media conference, cited that the Pfizer vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection in children aged 12-15, 95% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in persons 16 and older and 96% effective in preventing severe disease caused by the Delta Variant while referring to a study down by the Mayo Clinic in the United States. 

Additionally, the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Communications – Simon de Nobriga, has encouraged the parents to follow in their footsteps by giving permission for their children to be vaccinated.

Trinidad and Tobago island have reported 194 new cases of the COVID-19 mutant on 18 August 2021, as per the report of the Health Ministry. 

As per the report, there are 5,901 total active cases in the nation. In comparison, a total of 35,326 individuals have been recovered from the contagious COVID-19 virus. 

While for any further information and updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, the residents can visit at –  https://health.gov.tt/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine