Vaccine rollout must be equitable to all

Vaccine rollout must be equitable to all

The an­nounce­ment by the To­ba­go Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (TRHA) that it is al­low­ing any­one over the age of 18 to take the COVID-19 vac­cine rais­es more ques­tions than an­swers, and is­sues of vac­cine in­equal­i­ty. On­ly yes­ter­day, this news­pa­per car­ried a sto­ry of As­sem­bly­man Kelvon Mor­ris an­nounc­ing on so­cial me­dia that he was due to take the vac­cine and that sev­er­al oth­er young peo­ple from the com­mu­ni­ca­tions unit of the Di­vi­sion of Health Well­ness and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices had al­ready got­ten vac­ci­nat­ed be­fore se­niors and front­line work­ers on the is­land. This is of course in con­trast to the stat­ed pol­i­cy of the Min­istry of Health, which said in this first phase on­ly med­ical per­son­nel, front­line work­ers and the el­der­ly qual­i­fied for the jab due to the short sup­ply of vac­cines. Yes­ter­day’s ed­i­to­r­i­al al­so ques­tioned why To­ba­go, with less than five per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, was giv­en 10 per cent of the coun­try’s vac­cines. Now we learn that the TRHA is con­cerned it may not be able to use all the al­lo­cat­ed vac­cines in time be­cause it is wor­ried the sup­ply is …
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