About 2,000 children vaccinated at MovieTowne COVID- 19 drive


Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony has estimated that about 2,000 children were vaccinated on Sunday at the COVID-19 vaccination drive for children held at the MovieTowne Mall, Georgetown.

He said this on Monday during his daily COVID-19 update. Importantly, however, he could not give a definitive figure since health workers were still tabulating the vaccination records.

These vaccinations add to the 213 children who were vaccinated on Thursday at the St. Stanislaus College, when the Pfizer vaccination rollout started. Earlier on Monday, the roll out of this vaccines in schools started at the St. Joseph high school in Georgetown.

A student receiving her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the St Joseph High school on Monday (Photo: Ministry of Education/ August 30, 2021)

On Sunday, from 09:00 hrs, scores of parents and children took advantage of the opportunity to get their children vaccinated against the dreaded virus with the US-made Pfizer vaccine.  These vaccines are being used to immunise children aged 12 to 18 years from the disease COVID-19.

At around 18:00hrs, two hours after the vaccination event was scheduled to conclude, there were still vehicles lining the roadway leading into Movietowne’s parking lot.  At the end of the event, Minister of Education Priya Manickchand assured the public that these vaccines would be accessible to all children aged 12 to 18 years old.

“We will come school to school, community to community and make this accessible for your children,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony.

At that event too, the health minister said that some parents took the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccines. While the Pfizer vaccines are only for children, adults would have been able to utilise the Sinopharm, AstraZeneca or Sputnik V vaccines.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccines, which are single dose vaccines, are being used in hinterland communities, Dr. Anthony previously said.

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