Ministry of Health Virtual Media Conference On COVID-19 – Saturday February 26th 2022

The Health Ministry will temporarily suspend the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Programme from Tuesday March 1st, 2022, and stock will be pulled back from the system. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said this is because the current stock is due to expire on Monday February 28th, 2022. The 260,000 doses of the expired Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be incinerated.

Minister Deyalsingh confirmed that a shipment of 75,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines is expected in T&T the following week, after which the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Programme will resume.

The COVID-19 Booster Programme continues with the other brands of vaccines (Sinopharm, J&J etc.). The Health Minister said about 1,000 people are receiving their COVID-19 boosters per day. However, he lamented the slow pace of the COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in Schools. So far, only 38 students have received the vaccine under this Drive.

In answering a question on the operations at Safe Zone Carnival events, the Health Minister reminded that:

  • Only vaccinated persons are allowed.
  • Patrons must be masked unless eating/drinking.
  • 50% capacity at the event.
  • The Owner/Operator has responsibility of the event.
  • The TTPS is responsible for ensuring there are no breaches of the Public Health Regulations.
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