Police outriders escort the second tranche of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government after they arrived at the Piarco International Airport yesterday.

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A fresh batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive today and will be administered to the population 12 years and older as early as this weekend.

“We expect the 75,000 doses tomorrow (today) all things being equal. Once those vaccines come in tomorrow, we restart the Pfizer programme on Saturday,” Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday.

“So anyone who wants to get first shot, second shot or boosted with Pfizer can do so from Saturday, hopefully, once the vaccines come in tomorrow.”

He said the vaccination programme in schools will resume from Monday.

The programme first began on February 21 and was stopped when the previous batch expired on Monday (February 28). Within that time, he said just 38 students were inoculated.

Deyalsingh noted that the booster programme had also been adjusted. Previously, the ministry would put out a schedule for people to go in for their boosters depending on the date they received their last dose, completing their primary schedule.

However, he said this would no longer be done and people could go in when it was time for their booster.

He advised that boosters could be administered six months after a second dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer, three months after a second dose of Sinopharm and one month after the first dose of Johnson and Johnson.

He also noted that based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations, heterologous mixtures were allowed.

This means a person can choose whichever vaccine they would like to be boosted with despite the brand or type used for the primary series.