Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has been authorised by the Prime Minister to announce the reopening of the NLCB and Lotto booths from Monday. He also announced today that all retail shops would be reopened on Monday, August 16.
Deyalsingh made the announcement today at the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 update and called for supervisors and managers to ensure that their staff is vaccinated so that the country could continue to reopen safely.
The Minister also announced the rollout of the Astra Zeneca vaccines that was donated by Canada last week.
The Minister said that one batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines are set to expire at the end of August and the second batch is set to expire a the end of October so they will be used for first and second doses.
Deyalsingh also said that within the retail sector, people on the shop floor who have to interact with customers must be vaccinated and urged supervisors and managers to strengthen the protocols on the shop floor because there is no way to discern whether customers are vaccinated or not.
He said that unvaccinated customers dealing with unvaccinated workers was a "recipe for disaster".
The Minister said that there is no consideration for in-house dining just yet as it means the removal of the mask within an enclosed space.
Starting from Monday, August 9, the 84,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines will be administered to the public.
The AstraZeneca doses have been allocated as follows:
- 4,000 Tobago
- 3,000 Paddock
- 3,000 NAPA
- 5,000 UTT, Chaguanas
- 4,000 National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua
- 2,000 Sangre Grande Civic Centre
- 5,000 Diwali Nagar
- 5,000 Ato Boldon
- 10,000 SAPA
- 2,000 Mayaro Health Centre