T&T to receive at least 100,000 coronavirus vaccine doses in March

Trinidad and Tobago could receive up to 120,000 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine next month.

A researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. (Photo: John Cairns/University of Oxford via AP)

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh revealed that between 100,000 to 120,000 doses will be delivered in March, providing enough for at least 50,000 people under the two-dose vaccination.

The ministry also stated it has stockpiled one million alcohol swabs and 1.5 million syringes in anticipation of the distribution of the vaccine.

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh

Additionally, 23 public health facilities have been identified as vaccination sites with plans to create four mass vaccination sites.

Deployment of the vaccine will be a two-pronged approach, first utilising the public health sector, and then include private sector involvement which will be overseen by the ministry.