Vaccination Percentage for Entire Popultion. Trinidad and Tobago

Renuka Singh

Data from the Ministry of Health shows that the overwhelming majority of people who are admitted to local hospitals for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

The same goes for the number of people admitted to the High-Dependency Units (HDU) and Intensive Care Units (ICU).

This was confirmed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram at yesterday’s COVID-19 media conference.

According to the CMO, fully vaccinated people admitted to the HDU since July 27 represent 1.9 per cent of all admittances.

Those who received one dose of a vaccine represented 17.9 per cent of admissions during the same period and a whopping 80.2 per cent were unvaccinated admissions.

Parasram said that the fully vaccinated admissions at ICU are now at 0.6 per cent, while 21.9 per cent of admissions were of people who have received one dose of a vaccine.

A massive 75.5 per cent were unvaccinated admissions.

Parasram yesterday also gave more details on the three fully vaccinated people, with comorbidities, who died from COVID-19.

“Those three people would have been people with comorbidities, very critically ill persons otherwise,” he said.

In an update on the 10 children at the hospital with the virus, Parasram said that one of that batch of ten has since been discharged but another child has tested positive and was admitted to the hospital.

“They are not the same ten. We had one discharged, I believe from the Point Fortin facility and one addition of a person,” he said.

Parasram said nine of those children are at ward level care while one is in ICU at this time.

When pressed for more details on the ages of the children, Parasram echoed an earlier statement by Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh claiming patient confidentiality.

Parasram was also asked about whether parents can choose which vaccine their child should receive.

“The reason there is no choice at this time is because there is only one vaccine approved for use in Trinidad and Tobago by the WHO for children 12-18,” Parasram said, referring to the Pfizer vaccine that is currently being rolled out for the age group.

The CMO also touched on the issue of vaccine hesitancy in the country, saying the Health Minister met with the CEOs from the regional health authorities yesterday but gave no other update.

He was asked about the reopening of cinemas and beaches but deferred those questions to the Prime Minister.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the reopening of places of religious worship only, despite questions about those gatherings being possible places of super-spreads.

“There is a big difference between, I would say, the last year epidemic in Trinidad and this one and that really is that we have COVID-19 vaccines at our disposal,” Rowley said then.

“Having a vaccinated public, generally speaking, even in churches, plays a significant role in the ways these sectors can be open.”

The CMO yesterday warned that globally, there are now higher numbers of the Delta virus with “aerosolisation playing a significantly greater role.”

“So having your mask off, in any environment, will lead to increased risk of transmission of that particular disease,” he said.

“We will continue to make our recommendations for various sectors based on technical reasons.

“We always consider the public health risks. There are many factors to consider when we make a recommendation for one or the other to be reopened.”