The Eastern Regional Health Authority says more than 135 senior citizens came out today to receive their first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine. The Eastern Regional administered the vaccines across multiple sites which include the Sangre Grande Enhanced Health Centre, Toco Health Centre, Mayaro District Health Facility, Manzanilla Outreach Centre and the Rio Claro Health Centre. The following is a press release from the Eastern Regional Health Authority:

Over 135 citizens, 65 years and over came out today in the Eastern Region to receive the first dose of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine under the Elderly Express Experience Programme.

This initiative is designed to provide an express avenue for the elderly to quickly and comfortably access vaccines. To ease access, the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) administered the 1st dose of the Sinopharm vaccine from multiple sites within the communities which are the Sangre Grande Enhanced Health Centre, Toco Health Centre, Mayaro District Health Facility, Manzanilla Outreach Centre and the Rio Claro Health Centre.

Mr. John Guiseppi who participated in the Elderly Express Experience Programme, indicated that he took the vaccine because he thought that it was important for people over the age of 65 to ensure that they do not get the virus. He further stated that the process was quite smooth and there was no long wait. These sentiments were expressed by many other clients. This phase of the vaccination process will continue and will also include persons in homes for the aged and shutins in their communities.