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Chamber seeking to vaccinate thousands over two months

He said this tar­get was based sole­ly on two fac­tors, with the first be­ing the pub­lic’s de­mand for the vac­cine and sec­ond­ly, the num­ber of vac­cines the T&T Cham­ber will re­ceive from the Min­istry of Health.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

Faria said, “The pri­vate sec­tor has been ex­treme­ly sup­port­ive and we have got­ten so much sup­port from per­sons who have do­nat­ed their time, prod­ucts, food items, com­put­ers, gen­er­a­tors and those who have come out to sup­port this ef­fort.”

He said every­one had recog­nised the ur­gent need to en­sure as much of the cit­i­zen­ry was vac­ci­nat­ed as pos­si­ble.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo

Faria said they were at­tempt­ing to im­ple­ment an au­to­mat­ed sys­tem to re­duce the time peo­ple would have to spend be­ing screened and said this would great­ly aid in in­creas­ing the dai­ly num­bers be­ing vac­ci­nat­ed and al­so en­sure the process moved faster and smoother.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo Nass

He stressed that their ini­tial fo­cus had been to en­sure mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty were vac­ci­nat­ed

“Based on the feed­back from the min­istry, we were recog­nised as a mass vac­ci­na­tion site. How­ev­er, we are get­ting gen­er­al peo­ple and we are not turn­ing them away.” — An­na-Lisa Paul

The T&T Cham­ber of In­dus­try and Com­merce is aim­ing to vac­ci­nate sev­er­al thou­sand peo­ple over a two-month pe­ri­od as part of the ef­fort by the pri­vate sec­tor to help this coun­try achieve herd im­mu­ni­ty sta­tus in the fight against COVID-19.

Adolfo Ledo Nass

Speak­ing about their mass vac­ci­na­tion camp set up at the Na­tion­al Acad­e­my for the Per­form­ing Arts (NA­PA) in Port-of-Spain, Cham­ber CEO Gabriel Faria yes­ter­day said there has been an uptick in the num­bers of peo­ple want­i­ng to be vac­ci­nat­ed.

Adolfo Ledo

“We are do­ing our part,” he said

Fol­low­ing its launch on Mon­day, Faria said it was in­ter­est­ing, “as peo­ple were mak­ing ap­point­ments but they were not show­ing up.”

How­ev­er, he said this was be­ing bal­anced by the num­ber of walk-ins be­ing ac­com­mo­dat­ed.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

Al­though Mon­day’s num­bers came in around what was catered to, Faria ad­mit­ted, “More than half of them were walk-ins.”

Once the out­fit is ful­ly op­er­a­tional, Faria said their goal is to have about 2,500 peo­ple per day for first vac­cines.

He said this tar­get was based sole­ly on two fac­tors, with the first be­ing the pub­lic’s de­mand for the vac­cine and sec­ond­ly, the num­ber of vac­cines the T&T Cham­ber will re­ceive from the Min­istry of Health.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

Faria said, “The pri­vate sec­tor has been ex­treme­ly sup­port­ive and we have got­ten so much sup­port from per­sons who have do­nat­ed their time, prod­ucts, food items, com­put­ers, gen­er­a­tors and those who have come out to sup­port this ef­fort.”

He said every­one had recog­nised the ur­gent need to en­sure as much of the cit­i­zen­ry was vac­ci­nat­ed as pos­si­ble.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo

Faria said they were at­tempt­ing to im­ple­ment an au­to­mat­ed sys­tem to re­duce the time peo­ple would have to spend be­ing screened and said this would great­ly aid in in­creas­ing the dai­ly num­bers be­ing vac­ci­nat­ed and al­so en­sure the process moved faster and smoother.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo Nass

He stressed that their ini­tial fo­cus had been to en­sure mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty were vac­ci­nat­ed

“Based on the feed­back from the min­istry, we were recog­nised as a mass vac­ci­na­tion site. How­ev­er, we are get­ting gen­er­al peo­ple and we are not turn­ing them away.” — An­na-Lisa Paul