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Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh

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Vaccinations will become more easily accessible for the population as Regional Health Authorities once again go back into communities to administer them.

This is according to the Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh who yesterday said that it’s being done to reach more people as the country struggles to vaccinate even half of its population.

He noted that currently between 200 and 300 first doses are being administered daily.

It’s a depressing figure when compared to the 15,000 to 20,000 per day during the height of inoculations around July 2021.

“At this stage of the vaccination programme, any little bit is going to help,” he said.

He said this will begin as early as this weekend.

The locations and schedule will be determined by the respective authorities.

Additionally, he said some areas will also see a campaign to get children vaccinated for childhood diseases such as Mumps, Measles and Rubella as the national vaccine coverage drops below herd immunity levels for these ailments.

After meeting with stakeholders, he said medical counties St George’s Central and West, Caroni, Victoria and Tobago will be the first to host this campaign.

He said these are the areas that have some of the lowest vaccine coverage for childhood diseases.

“Even though we are focusing on these four areas which are below 90 per cent, we still note that in some of these other counties there may be pockets of maybe 20, 30, 40 children,” he said.

“We are not looking for huge amounts of children. It’s about 200, 300 per county we are looking for to get our percentages back up to about 90 per cent in the short term and then we drive it further to get it up to about 95 per cent.”

On Wednesday last, Deyalsingh noted that current vaccination coverage for these diseases dropped to between 83 per cent and 85.