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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