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A large number of people turned up yesterday at the Divali Nagar, Chaguanas, to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

The mass vaccination site housed at the Divali Nagar is reporting a “phenomenal” turnout of people coming forward for first doses after almost two weeks of less than satisfactory daily uptake.

“It was extremely slow, we were very worried we were doing in the order of 250 (doses) a day,” Sewa TT president Revan Teelucksingh told Guardian Media during a site visit around lunchtime yesterday. The site can comfortably administer some 400 doses per hour.

Sewa TT runs the mass vaccination site at the Divali Nagar in partnership with the T&T Medical Association and is funded by Republic Bank and First Citizens Bank.

However, yesterday there was a significant increase in throughput.

By 4.30 pm, the site was able to administer some 2,050 doses, however, Teelucksingh admitted the majority were second doses with just about 150 first doses administered.

Despite this, he said: “We’re very happy that almost all the people that were booked today for their second doses came out.”

The Supermarket Association Mass Vaccination Site (SATT) moved from Centre Pointe Mall and merged operations with the Mass Vaccination Site run by SEWA TT at the Nagar yesterday.

The low number of first doses at the site coincided with an overall low turnout nationally.

According to the Ministry of Health’s 4 pm update yesterday only 1,244 additional people received their first dose of the vaccine.

So far, according to the Ministry, 417,070 persons have received their first doses as of yesterday, while 228,175 people are fully vaccinated.