Prime Minister’s Media Conference – Saturday 28th August, 2021.
From October 1st, 2021, fully vaccinated students in forms four, five and six will have the option to attend face-to-face classes at schools once there is no significant change in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. This was announced by Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley during a media conference held at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s today (Saturday 28th August, 2021).
The academic year will begin on Monday 6th September, 2021, with all students returning to classes virtually.
The Prime Minister expressed disappointment in the country’s vaccination numbers. He stated that at this time there are still 800,000 people eligible to be vaccinated in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr Rowley also announced that the Government will review the possibility of reopening places of worship by September 6th, 2021, in restricted numbers.
According to Acting Principal Medical Officer, Dr. Maryam Richards, the number of children currently hospitalised with COVID-19 has now increased to 10. Dr Richards said eight children are receiving ward level care, one child is in the high-dependency unit and one child is in the intensive care unit.
Minister of Health the Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh announced that the National Vaccination Programme will be expanded to target all sectors in the country.
Minister Deyalsingh said:
– Johnson & Johnson vaccines will now be available across the 109 Health Centres.
– Pop-Up Vaccination sites to be rolled out at construction sites, malls, groceries and markets.
– Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will now be offered to Health Care Workers and Teachers.
– A vaccination programme to begin across some schools to allow students the opportunity to be vaccinated.