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Bhim Vasant, left, gets a COVID-19 jab from Dr Racquel Lutchmiedial at the SATT Mass Vaccination site at the Centre Point Mall, Chaguanas, yesterday. Looking on is SATT medical director Dr Trivia Ramnath.

The Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC) started its mass vaccination programme yesterday.

Chamber president Mukesh Ramsingh said the CPLCC intended to vaccinate 500 people on the first day and 1,000 people daily over the weekend.

He said the programme had some initial hiccups but that everything flowed smoothly after.

The chamber partnered with the office of Couva South Member of Parliament Rudy Indarsingh to provide an area for screening, shelter and washroom facilities.

Indarsingh said he was happy to get the residents of Couva and environs on the vaccine programme.

He said once the economy starts picking up, businesses would start expanding and hiring more people.

Meanwhile, Medical Director of the Supermarkets Association of T&T Mass Vaccination site, Dr Trivia Ramnath, said having no side effects after the COVID-19 vaccines are administered is a sign of a less robust immune system.

She was at the time speaking with Guardian Media as SATTadministered second doses of vaccines to people at the Centre Pointe Mall, Chaguanas.

She said a lot of people have commented that they had no reaction to the vaccine and were worried if the vaccine was working or not.

She said, “Younger persons have a more robust immune system, so you will have the reactions much stronger in these persons. This is not to say that your immune system is not working, it’s just that the younger persons, because they have a more robust immune system, they would have more side effects.”

She said the second dose process was a faster process when compared to the administration of the first dose.

She said the SATT hopes to dish out at least 3,000 doses daily.