In light of growing public acceptance and demand for COVID-19 vaccines, the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) plans to double the number of its vaccination sites. This is according to its Chief Executive Officer Salisha Baksh during a Ministry of Health virtual press conference on Monday.

There are currently two sites under the NWRHA, the Barataria and the Diego Martin Health Centres, however, the authority plans to now include the Morvant and Carenage Health Centres.

“We are going to have the Morvant Health Centre designated as a vaccination site. That should be up and running by tomorrow (Tuesday) and we would be vaccinating our NCD (non-communicable disease) patients on Wednesday which is the designated NCD clinic day,” she said.

She said the logistics for adding the Carenage Health Centre is currently being explored.
“We are also taking a decision to add an additional vaccination site in our St George West county which is densely populated as indicated before and the Carenage Health Centre has been earmarked to be that vaccination site. We are still working out the logistical issues with respect to that and we should be having that site up and running within the shortest period of time,” she said.

She hopes that it could be brought on stream by the end of the week. During the first week of the national vaccination drive which began on April 6, she said there were over 200 people visiting the Barataria Health Centre.

Reporter: Rishard Khan