Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has confirmed that the Ministry will be reaching out to school principals today, to determine how the recently received donation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the US Government will be administered to students who are 12 years and older.

The vaccines arrived in T&T this morning, and has been turned over to the Ministry of Health.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine approved by the international scientific community for use in children as young as 12 years old.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said previously that any Pfizer vaccines T&T procures would be reserved for students 12 years and above.

Government has indicated that these vaccines form the basis from which the Ministry of Education will be operating, as it considers the physical reopening of schools in time for the start of the new academic year 2021/2022 on September 6.

Minister Gadsby-Dolly expressed joy that T&T’s youngsters now had a vaccination option available to them, in response to queries as to how soon the vaccination of the 81,000 public secondary school students will begin and just how it will be carried out.

“We are happy that our children in T&T now join the adults in having access to this opportunity,” she said.

The Minister also assured parents and guardians that the education ministry would be in contact with principals by August 13, with details of the vaccination roll out for secondary school students.

“The MOE is heartened by any measure of protection that can be offered to our children against COVID-19,” Dr Gadsby-Dolly said.

Reporter: Anna-Lisa Paul