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3,000 food, beverage sector workers take first jab

At least 3,000 food and bev­er­age sec­tor work­ers re­ceived their first dose of the COVID-19 vac­cine at the mass vac­ci­na­tion site at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to Has­sel Thom, pres­i­dent of the Trinidad Ho­tels Restau­rants and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (THRTA).

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The sec­tor’s em­ploy­ees were among the first to ben­e­fit from the Min­istry of Health’s new ac­cel­er­at­ed mass vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme, just days be­fore it is fore­cast to re­open

At least 3,000 food and bev­er­age sec­tor work­ers re­ceived their first dose of the COVID-19 vac­cine at the mass vac­ci­na­tion site at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to Has­sel Thom, pres­i­dent of the Trinidad Ho­tels Restau­rants and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (THRTA).

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The sec­tor’s em­ploy­ees were among the first to ben­e­fit from the Min­istry of Health’s new ac­cel­er­at­ed mass vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme, just days be­fore it is fore­cast to re­open.

The pro­gramme was made pos­si­ble af­ter a ship­ment of 800,000 dos­es of Sinopharm vac­cines ar­rived on Tues­day. 

Thom de­scribed the ac­cess to the dos­es as “hum­bling” for him and “re­ward­ing” for the in­dus­try.

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“Re­ward­ing for the in­dus­try be­cause the in­dus­try has suf­fered tremen­dous­ly, just as it has in oth­er parts of the globe,” he said.

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Thom said the sec­tor was al­lo­cat­ed 20,000 dos­es by the Min­istry of Health and will con­tin­ue ad­min­is­ter­ing them over the next three work­ing days. 

For street food ven­dors, or any­one in the food and bev­er­age sec­tor who may not have been able to sub­mit their name for vac­ci­na­tion, Thom said they should utilise the Hel­loTT app. 

“Any­one sell­ing street food are wel­comed to get vac­ci­nat­ed. There is a Hel­loTT app. Once you go in, you find the link and it will give you the op­por­tu­ni­ty to reg­is­ter to be vac­ci­nat­ed. Please take that op­por­tu­ni­ty,” he said. 

“We want every as­pect of Trinidad and To­ba­go’s food and bev­er­age val­ue chain to be back out. That in­cludes dis­trib­u­tors, farm­ers, per­sons who pro­vide ser­vices—air con­di­tion ser­vices to ho­tels and restau­rants, plumbers—we want every­one to be­come vac­ci­nat­ed,” Thom said.

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The Min­istry of Health al­so ap­pears to have avoid­ed an­oth­er chaot­ic vac­ci­na­tion roll­out from the re­ports of those in­oc­u­lat­ed at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah yes­ter­day. 

“Every­thing was or­gan­ised. From go­ing to the com­put­ers to from go­ing to—right through. Every step of the way it was good,” pen­sion­er Jo­ce­lyn Wong told Guardian Me­dia dur­ing a vis­it to the site yes­ter­day

Zahra McK­ell-Ab­erdeen had a sim­i­lar ac­count. 

The process was gen­er­al­ly easy. Came here about 10 o’clock and with­in an hour-and-a-half got through. No prob­lems,” she said

She said she felt re­lieved at fi­nal­ly be­ing able to get her jab. 

“I can’t wait for Au­gust 5 to get my oth­er one (dose),” she said. 

Her moth­er Tam­my McK­ell al­so de­scribed the process as ex­cel­lent. 

Her broth­er said he was glad to be a part of bring­ing an end to the pan­dem­ic. 

“It gives me a sense of se­cu­ri­ty that I’m do­ing my part to get the na­tion mov­ing for­ward and get out of this lock­down.”

At the mass site at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go’s Ch­agua­nas cam­pus, Wayne Mo­han ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion with how his el­der­ly fa­ther was treat­ed. 

“My fa­ther came in here, he’s 75 years old and with­in 15 min­utes every­thing was well. So I want to say thank you. It was a great ser­vice and I’m re­al­ly hap­py,” he said

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