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Trinidad and Tobago preparing to roll out Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year olds

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 4:52 PM
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh: It is some good news, but we do have some Is to dot and some Ts to cross before we go full speed ahead to vaccinate this cohort.

Trinidad's Health Ministry says it will consult with the relevant stakeholders before rolling out the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended extending the use of a reduced dosage of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh welcomed the latest development but said the Chief Medical Officer will convene his technical advisory group on Monday to dissect the updated interim guidelines of the WHO.

"We will also be conferring with the Pan American Health Organisation and Caribbean Public Health Agency to look at their technical guidelines and technical details,” he said.

Deyalsingh said once a position is arrived at, a national roll out would be announced.

"It is some good news, but we do have some Is to dot and some Ts to cross before we go full speed ahead to vaccinate this cohort.”

To date, eleven children have died from COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.

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