The Ministry of Health has said that a high flu vaccine uptake by the public will help to reduce the demand for public health resources to treat flu-related complications. These resources can be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

While the flu vaccine is available for everyone, people who are at highest risk of getting very ill from the flu are especially encouraged to get the new flu vaccine. People in the high-risk group include:

· Children aged 6 months to 5 years

· Adults 60 years of age and over

· Pregnant women

· People suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases – NCDs (eg, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease)

· People with compromised immune systems (eg, people with lupus, cancer patients)

· People with chronic respiratory illnesses (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

· Members of the National Security Forces and Customs and Immigration Division

· Healthcare workers

In Trinidad, while the flu vaccine will be available at all health centres, the centres listed below will provide the new flu vaccine from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm. Members of the public may call the other health centres in Trinidad for their specific flu vaccination schedules.

*Arima Health Centre

*Oropouche Health Centre

*Barataria Health Centre

*Palo Seco Health Centre

*Carenage Health Centre

*Point Fortin Health Centre

*Claxton Bay Health Centre

*Rio Claro Health Centre

*Couva District Health Facility

*Roy Joseph Health Centre

*Cumuto Health Centre

*San Juan Health Centre

*Cunupia Health Centre

*Sangre Grande (Old) Health Centre

*Freeport Health Centre

*St Helena Health Centre

*La Brea Health Centre

*St Joseph Enhanced Health Centre

*Matura Health Centre

*St Madeleine Health Centre

*Mayaro District Health Facility

*Williamsville Health Centre

*Woodbrook Health Centre

The public is also invited to visit the social media pages of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Health for the flu vaccination schedules for Health Centres in Tobago.