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Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh

The Health Ministry will be using the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) database as well as systems in hospitals and clinics attended by patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to identify who are in line for the COVID vaccine.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh indicated this in Parliament yesterday while replying to Opposition queries on groups identified to get the vaccines.

He reiterated Phase One involves several groups: High-risk health workers, high exposed health care workers, public healthcare workers (public and private), people with chronic illnesses and elderly over 60.

The system used to identify them in the public hospitals especially is employment records and also records from the NCD patients’ clinics.

Deyalsingh said the Ministry also has the CDAP database records but is not ready for people in that phase of the programme yet. When it is time to contact them, they will be contacted.

The Ministry is using an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programme. That is populated with 200 health workers.

On Wednesday, 120 workers were vaccinated, 90 on Thursday and 100 targetted yesterday.

Deyalsingh reiterated the projected window given by the Pan American Health Authority (PAHO) for vaccine shipment arrivals is the end of February to the first to second week of March. But there is no bill number or anything like that, he added.

The World Health Organisation told Government that on February 25, they’d determine when countries will get vaccines from the COVAX facility.

A query on whether Smith Robertson is the agent for importation and distribution of the vaccines wasn’t allowed.

On another query, Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said there is no policy for sale or provision by the Ministry of masks for students. But sale or provision is handled by school principals. She noted mask-wearing in public spaces is the law and all are expected to comply.