Police officers doing crowd control at a health centre in Central Trinidad.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says he will be meeting with Health officials today, to ensure that a better system is put in place for the vaccine rollout in the future.

This, as police officers in several Policing Divisions had to disperse thousands of people who had assembled outside Health Centres, this morning, to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

In an official statement from the Police Service, Commissioner Griffith says he gave instructions to officers to manage the situation, and even shut down sites, where necessary.

Police officers swung into action and dispersed the large crowds in various areas. The TTPs reports that there were hundreds of persons in lines in areas such as Diego Martin, Carenage, Chaguanas, Ste Madeline, La Horquetta, and Arima.

Police officers doing crowd control at a health centre in South Trinidad.

“It became clear very early that persons, many of them elderly, began assembling outside the vaccination sites around 6 am to receive their vaccines,” the statement read. “By 9 am, videos and photographs revealed crowds of persons waiting in long lines with absolutely no social distancing.”

It added: “As soon as Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, became aware of the situation, he gave instructions that officers of the TTPS take charge of the situation in the various Divisions, and if it became necessary, to shut down these sites for the day.”

Today’s vaccination roll-out was being done as first-come, first serve basis. 

The health minister has since indicated that starting tomorrow, Thursday June 10th, an alphabetical system would be implemented, beginning with those whose names are from A-E. In addition, only persons over 60 years of age, and those under 60 years with NCDs are eligible for vaccination, at this time.