Tracy Davidson-Celestine

On March 31, an additional 3,000 two-dose Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Tobago, and people will begin receiving their first dose from April 6.

The second dose will be given from April 20.

This is the second time in as many months the island will receive doses of the vaccine, having received 200 from the batch given to this country by the Barbados government.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Secretary of Health, Tracy Davidson- Celestine, said she will be one of those taking the vaccine.

The Tobago Regional Health Authority’s General Manager Primary Care Services Dr Roxanne Mitchell, who also spoke, said as part of the division’s roll-out of the vaccine, it hired more staff to prevent the disruption of the island’s healthcare system. She explained who will get vaccinated.

“At present, we are making appointments for frontline workers and essential workers. Persons who attend chronic diseases clinics will be counselled at the clinics. The information will be given… If you are ready at that point, you will be vaccinated. If not, you will be given an appointment for vaccination.”

Dr Mitchell reminded that people taking vaccines must wait 30 minutes post-vaccination before leaving the clinic.

She said the vaccines arrive in a ten-dose multi vial, and to avoid wastage, the division is using an appointment system.

She added vaccines will be given at the Roxborough, Scarborough, and Canaan health centres.

According to the division, as of March 29, there are three active COVID cases in Tobago.