Ministry stepping up procurement of flu vaccines for frontline health workers
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says steps have been taken to accelerate the procurement of additional flu vaccines for frontline health workers given the increased threat of the H1N1 virus or Swine Flu.
He says the Ministry is to receive an additional 5,000 doses within the next week.
Tufton says 3,000 doses of the Influenza vaccine have been ordered through PAHO and are scheduled to arrive in the island mid-March, while another one thousand is expected to arrive from Belize.
Meanwhile, Tufton says 1,000 doses arrived from Trinidad on Wednesday and were distributed to the remaining frontline health workers.
The Ministry has already distributed a total of 3,000 adult and 400 paediatric doses of the influenza vaccine received from PAHO to the Regional Health Authorities.
The Ministry of Health says it routinely offers the flu vaccine to its frontline health workers from as early as October each year, which is the start of the flu season.
Tufton says he has already given instructions for preparations to begin for the next flu season.