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Trinidad delays vaccination deadline

Regional 19 Jan, 2022 Follow News

T&T is struggling to increase its vaccination rates

The Trinidad and Tobago government has delayed enforcing its controversial vaccination policy for public sector workers until mid-February.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement on Saturday. The policy was originally slated to come into effect on 17 January, however, Rowley said the deadline will be extended to 17 February.

He said: “I am very pleased from some of the reports I got from the public sector that we have improved some of our vaccination.” Rowley also announced the establishment of a team to investigate the factors contributing to the clinical outcomes of COVID-19 patients.

Rowley said: "I found five of our best and most appropriate people who have agreed to go into the hospitals across the board and look at what is going on there, talk to the staff, look at their data, look at it with a professional eye and come back and tell the country.”

It follows calls by the Joint Trade Union Movement for a panel of independent experts to be appointed to assess the veracity of the statistics emanating from the state.

The team, he said, will provide a report at the end of the week, and the findings will be made public. There is much scepticism and opposition to this policy despite Covid cases and deaths in T&T rising alarmingly. Trinidad and Tobago has recorded over 3,100 Covid deaths and more than 100,000 positive cases.

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