Emily Mahabir (left), and Nina Persad pose for a picture after receiving the Pfizer jab on Thursday, at the Ato Boldon Stadium mass vaccination site. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)
SHASTRI BOODAN

The decision by many parents to carpool slashed the congestion on Thursday, at the mass vaccination site at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

On Wednesday, hundreds of young people flocked to the site from as early as 6:30 am to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer jab.  However, the inclement weather added to the woes of many adults who had to endure a long line to ensure their children got the jab

Fazad Mohammed, head of Corporate Communications at PROMAN. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Fazad Mohammed, the head of Corporate Communications at Proman, the corporate entity running the Mass Vaccination Site, said while the company did not request persons to car-pool, he welcomed the initiative by the parents.   Mohammed reported:

“Today we had a phenomenal response with regards to the vaccination process. A lot smoother; the weather would have assisted with that. A lot more carpooling is happening today with the parents coming through to get the vaccines for the kids. Yesterday (Wednesday) we closed off the day with 716 vaccines being distributed, the Pfizer vaccines.” 

He said by midday on Thursday, 350 vaccines were distributed.

“We are having a lot faster processing time for all of the vaccines coming through to the vaccination sites,” Mohammed said.

Guardian Media spoke with several parents who said they were supportive of their children.

“They wanted it, they were very excited and glad as well,” Vickram Persad said.

Emily Mahabir, 16, said she felt good about getting it done.

“I feel they should definitely take it,” she told us.

Nina Persad, 16, said she was excited and willing to play her part in the eradication of COVID-19 

“I am glad to be contributing to the end of the virus,” she said.

Emily Mahabir receives her Pfizer vaccine at the Ato Boldon Stadium mass vaccination site, on Thursday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Leon Sammy, a resident of Fyzabad, said he was sceptical about having his son take the vaccine and was yet to take the vaccine himself. Sammy said his son was scared. 

“We had second thoughts; we were sceptical about it but the end result is you have to take it,” Sammy said.  “I am sure children throughout Trinidad will feel the same way.”

When asked if he felt vaccination would move T&T forward, he said:

“That is a sceptical question you’re asking me, because everybody will say you know one fact—that it’s an experimental drug, but at the end of the day…”