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Despite torrential rains in south Trinidad yesterday, hundreds of people went out to get their COVID-19 vaccines at the 10 vaccination centres operated by the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).

At the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts in San Fernando, a total of 561 people were vaccinated up to late yesterday. A total of 1,052 people were vaccinated in total at all 10 centres which fall under the authority..

Both walk-in clients and those with appointments reported a smooth flow of operations.

When Guardian Media visited the centre at SAPA, people were seen standing under a crowded tent sheltering from the rain.

There was little social distancing although everyone wore masks.

SWRHA staff separated the walk-in clients from those with appointments.

Within half- an- hour, those with 8.30 am appointments were able to leave the vaccination centre.

Darron Mohammed, of Coconut Drive, expressed satisfaction with the process.

“This is excellent, very organised and excellent,” he said.

Roy Kissoon, of La Romaine, added: “I feel this is going fine for the while. As soon as people walk in, they are being attended to.”

Radhika Gobin, of Rousillac, said, “The process is going smoothly. It seems to be working well. I came in as a walk-in,” she said. Those who had no appointments were allowed to sit and wait their turn. Those with appointments stood in a neat line and as their names were called, they were allowed to enter the centre.

Anjanie Gosine- Garib said she called the hotline and was told where to come to get the vaccine.

“It took a few days to get an appointment. I don’t think there is much social distancing. That might be an issue two weeks from now,” she said.

Nelan Seebaran, of Couva, said he came as a walk-in.

“We have to wait because there are appointments first. I don’t have the internet at home. I heard they are doing written appointments so I came in to see if I would get through,” he added.

More than 10,000 people have already been vaccinated by the SWRHA during the last vaccination drive.