Penal/Debe Regional Corporation councilors from left, Brian Julien, Krishna Persadsingh and Shanty Boodram pose for a photo after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday at San Fernando Academy of Performing Arts.

Vaccination appointments scheduled for today and Thursday have been rescheduled in light of the extended curfew hours for the public holiday.

According to a Ministry of Health release yesterday, Regional Health Authorities are currently contacting persons with vaccination appointments on these days to provide new appointment dates and times.

“All persons who had appointments on these days will be given new appointments in a timely fashion. As is customary, the Ministry of Health will continue to update the public on COVID-19 vaccination roll-out developments,” it said.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi assured during a press conference yesterday that the Government led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is actively engaged in discussions to procure COVID-19 vaccines for the country.

“Be assured that it is the Government that is talking. The Prime Minister as the head of this cabinet and head of the country and the current acting head of CARICOM is deep in discussions with every manufacturer, every international emergency—all correlations and vaccine supplies is what we’re working on. We have the money to buy the vaccines. We’ve done the agreements, we’ve done the payments, we’ve done the logistics,” he said.

“We are at every manufacturer’s door,” Al-Rawi said.

Education Ministry reschedules vaccinations

The Ministry of Education also advised yesterday that it is rescheduling the vaccination appointments of Ministry of Education (MoE) staff.

“This has become necessary due to the curfew hours on Indian Arrival Day (Monday, May 31st, 2021) and Corpus Christi (Thursday, June 3rd, 2021) outlined in the Emergency Powers (No. 2), Regulations Legal Notice No. 176,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

It said all MoE staff appointments will be rescheduled to Tuesday, 1st, Wednesday, 2nd and Friday, 4th June, 2021.

The statement added that all MoE staff with previously confirmed vaccination appointments will be contacted to confirm the details of their new appointment date.

CAL makes adjustments

Caribbean Airlines advised that due to the daytime curfew today, the airline will operate only one domestic flight between Trinidad and Tobago.

It said that additionally, BW 461 service to Georgetown, Guyana today will now depart at an earlier time of 10 am instead of 11.30 am.

Caribbean Airlines has recommended that people travel on the domestic air bridge for essential and emergency purposes only.

It said that tickets can be placed on hold for future travel with no penalties when a full schedule resumes.

Inter-island sailings cancelled

The management of the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Company Limited has advised that all sailings of the inter-island ferries are cancelled on the public holidays this week.

“The travelling public is also advised that the sailing times for the duration of the week shall remain as scheduled,” the Port Authority said.