Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex House Officer Dr Fatima Ali left gives Arouca resident Shelly-Ann Patterson her COVID-19 vaccine during the No appointment mass walk-in vaccination held by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce in partnership with AMCHAM and TTCSI at NAPA, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

No long lines and no rush yesterday on the first day of the Ministry of Health’s walk-in system for its COVID-19 national vaccination programme.

On Thursday, the ministry announced that citizens who wish to take the COVID-19 vaccine no longer have to make appointments or bookings but can simply walk into any vaccination site.

At the mass vaccination site at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA), Chief Operating Officer of The Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce Michelle Gonsalves-Suite said, “We have had a constant flow,” when asked about the turnout yesterday.

She said the site extended its operational time by two hours after being approached by the ministry to do so on Thursday.

The site, a collaborative effort between the TT Chamber, AMCHAM T&T and Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries will be open for walk-ins between Wednesdays to Sundays until 6 pm.

Anyone with questions can call 354-VAXZ or 355- VAXZ.

“We have people who will communicate with you, allay your fears. We have had people come in with concerns and they have been able to go through the process and they are happy that they have taken the opportunity,” the COO said.

Meanwhile, in Chagauanas there was no rush for vaccines at the Divali Nagar site. Even though the site was prepared for people to walk in without an appointment there was a slow trickle of persons showing up.

Revan Teelucksingh, head of SEWA TT and spokesman for the event, said “We think the response was very slow given the fact it’s open to the public. We think it should be a lot better given the fact that vaccines are available.”

He said a lot of misinformation is being propagated and causing a level of vaccine hesitancy.

Teelucksingh said “There are some people who believe that the vaccines cause some of the illnesses we have in society. If you are vaccinated you are protected.”