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FLASHBACK - President of the T&T Manufacturing Association, Tricia Coosal, right, escorts Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon on her arrival at the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturing Association’s mass vaccination drive at the Divali Nagar site, site, on Sunday 6 June 2021.

The T&T Manufacturing Association (TTMA) is seeking to accelerate COVID- 19 vaccination efforts by making a request for more doses.

The renewed thrust comes off the heels of a mass vaccination drive for the business community which took place last Sunday at the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas.

The association’s president Tricia Coosal, said “We will ask the Government if we can get more vaccines so we can inoculate more people in the manufacturing industry so our aim is to get as many people who want the vaccine coming to the TTMA and being able to get their vaccines. It is important to have these vaccines and we will be asking for more.”

Coosal said some 2,700 employees of the manufacturing sector received their jabs.

Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew yesterday, she added that two more drives were carded for this week to administer the remaining vaccines.

Coosal added that in an effort to boost the “vaccinate to operate” drive aimed at controlling the pandemic’s threat to lives and livelihoods, an appeal would be made for more vaccines to continue the project.

“Now we would like to open it up a bit more via the other manufacturers as long as we are given more vaccines by the Government.”

Vaccinate to operate is a partnership involving the T&T Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

The TTMA president also credited her team and volunteers that mobilised on Sunday under what she described as “short notice,” to ensure a successful vaccination drive.

She assured measures were already being discussed to ensure upcoming mass vaccination programs will be smooth.

“We recognise the tremendous opportunity given to us so we had to grab this opportunity to show the government what we were lobbying for. We stand behind, and when called upon the manufacturing association will deliver,” she said.

Coosal also encouraged the public to visit ttma.com for a free webinar on COVID- 19 vaccinations scheduled for today.