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Terrence Deyalsingh MP, Minister of Health.

Jesse Ramdeo

It has been just over two months since the Government rolled out its vaccination programme and the Health Minister said he did not agree with claims of a heightened hesitancy towards the jab among certain demographics.

Speaking at the launch of the Supermarket Association of T&T’s mass vaccination drive yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said as Government continued to procure more doses, he was not concerned about any glut in the country resulting from public enthusiasm plateauing.

“People keep talking about vaccine hesitancy, I don’t see that level of hesitancy that people speak about. What I see when I visit these sites is a high degree of vaccine acceptance.”

Deyalsingh said public confidence in the vaccination programme stemmed from Government’s choice to only use doses approved by the World Health Organisation.

“I think our strategy led by the honourable Prime Minister has proven to be the correct one, so we will continue to bring more and more vaccines, there will be many reasons why people want to be vaccinated one of the big reason is travel.”

Meanwhile, the Health Minister also challenged Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal to provide evidence to support his claims that Government’s lock down measures were not working.

At a press conference over the weekend, Moonilal alleged that the restrictions did not increase the infection rate but instead caused it to spike.

“The question is if you did nothing, more people will get ill so I don’t see the merit in his argument, everyone who questions the data never provides us with evidence that the data is incorrect, they just question it,” the minister said.