Ministry health

Keep up to date with vaccinations, asks the ministry

Are you fully vaccinated?

If you are unsure of your vaccination status or haven’t completed your vaccinations in years, now is the best time to make sure you are up to date with all your vaccinations.

The call comes from the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), ahead of World Immunization Week, observed April 24-30.

Nurse Grace Sookchand, head of the expanded immunization program, noted that children also fall into the category of people with incomplete immunization regimens.

In some cases, she says, there are children who have not been vaccinated at all.

Vaccinations begin at the age of two months. Vaccination against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) is mandatory to enter the school system.

In the case of adults who have not received all of their vaccinations, Sookchand noted that vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and more continue to be available at health center distribution.

The launch of Vaccination Week of the Americas takes place on Saturday, with a mini health fair at the Detour Atrium in Trincity Mall. Vaccinations, health screenings and pap smears are among the services that will be offered.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh reported that a draft donation agreement for the donation of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines from Spain has been signed.

Work continues on the logistics of importing vaccines for the 5-11 age group.

Although there is still no date for the arrival of the vaccines, Deyalsingh assured that things are moving quickly.

“I know there are parents who are looking forward to it, and believe me, I can’t wait to be there…to vaccinate as many people in this 5-11 cohort as humanly possible,” added the Minister.

He lamented that vaccinations against COVID-19 for the rest of the population had slowed considerably.

“Our current vaccination levels are very, very low. We do about 400 vaccines a day through first dose, second dose, J&J. The latest report, yesterday, reported 75 doses. What we do in the hundreds are boosters,” Deyalsingh said.

He called on the 49.2% of the population who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to come out and get vaccinated.

“We are grateful for those who are boosting, but we really need more and more people to come out for the first dose and start the process.

Come for your first shots, or you can avail of the Johnson and Johnson – one shot and you’re done.