Country records highest jump in daily vaccinations since Sept 11

NILES, IL - NOVEMBER 16: George Rodriguez, RN draws a dose of flu vaccine prior to administering vaccinations at the Maine Town Hall November 16, 2004 in Niles, Illinois. The flu shot program was organized by Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and was an appointment-only event. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Vaccination numbers have had their largest jump since September 11, with 9,993 doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine administered in the last 24-hour reporting period.

However, over 6,300 of those were second shots.

Based on statistics analysed after being released by the Ministry of Health, this means over 3,000 people got their first doses on Monday, which is the highest daily jump in two weeks.

The country’s overall vaccination figure stood at 478,034.

For the second straight day yesterday, there was an uptake in vaccinations in south Trinidad.

But many of those who turned up at the mass vaccination site at SAPA, San Fernando, said the confirmation of 17 Delta variant cases in the country as of Monday, was not why they decided to take the jab.

When Guardian Media spoke to Couva resident Robert Preston, he had not yet decided which vaccine he was going to take.

With proof of vaccination as a requirement to enter cinemas, dine in at restaurants and other places on the way, Preston felt as though he did not have a choice.

“First to begin, there were too many uncertainties. Secondly, it coming to a place that you don’t have a choice just now because just now you might not be able to go in the grocery without a card. So you have to go with the flow.”

While his decision had nothing to do with the Delta variant, he admitted that the Prime Minister’s announcement of safe zones for only vaccinated people was one of the main reasons.

“Just now, in every restaurant, you cannot go because you have to be vaccinated. You can’t go anywhere, you can’t go cinema, you can’t enjoy yourself with your family. You can’t do anything,” he added.

Princes Town resident Soomaria Ramlochan also said her decision to get vaccinated had nothing to do with fear of contracting the Delta variant.

“No, I am not frightened at all.”

She explained that she was hesitant to take the vaccine because she did not trust it, but her children took it and told her to take the Pfizer.

“It is a vaccine that if push come, everybody has to take the vaccine and is something that we have to take because this virus did not come here to go just as that. It come to stay.”

Student Amma John said she decided to take the vaccine because she wants to go back to school.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health confirmed that there were six new cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant. This brought the total confirmed number of Delta cases in the country to 17.

The ministry noted that one case was an unvaccinated national minor who recently travelled to Trinidad from New York while the five other cases have no recent history of travel. One of those cases was another unvaccinated minor.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Ministry of Health reported 174 new COVID cases, while two more people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 1,466.