Vaccinated youth in Trinidad and Tobago. (Loop news picture)
By NAN Staff Writer
News America, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mon. 08/30/2021: A Caribbean government mandated face-to-face high school tuition only for vaccinated teenagers.
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley said face-to-face tuition will only be available to fully vaccinated grades 4, 5, and 6 students in all secondary schools.
However, virtual classes will be open to everyone on September 6th.
The mandate comes when Trinidad and Tobago reported four deaths from the virus on Sunday 4, when the death toll hit 1,278. Infection rates reached 44,481 and the country reported 185 new cases with 4,592 active cases.
The Prime Minister reiterated his call for full vaccination of children in advance, noting that children returning to the physical classroom must receive their second dose by September 14 to ensure full immunity.
To date, only about 25 percent of children eligible for the vaccine have received a dose.
This comes after Trinidad media reported that ten children with COVID-19 are in hospitals, one of whom is in an intensive care unit in severe condition.
The reveal came from Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards, the asylum’s senior physician, who said another had been treated in a high addiction unit while the remaining eight patients were at the ward level.