Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is making another appeal to citizens to get their flu shots.
This flu season, government ordered 100,000 flu shots to ensure the country is covered, a move for which the health minister has been criticised by those who believe that amount is too many.
However, the minister says he prefers to have too many vaccines available, rather than too few.
Minister Deyalsingh told us thus far, roughly 8,000 people have taken advantage of the shots, and he is concerned that many people who fall within the vulnerable groups won’t be vaccinated.
“We are fighting against social media, where you have the anti-vacc-sers, which are very present. I am again appealing and begging and imploring anybody over 65—or if you’re diabetic or obese—get vaccinated. Pregnant population, get vaccinated. Children between the ages of six months and five years, get vaccinated,” the minister says.
According to Minister Deyalsingh, health ministers around the world face a similar battle on an annual basis, in getting their citizens to protect themselves during flu season. He says such reluctance to take the flu shot is not unique to Trinidad and Tobago.
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