Gregory Aboud

concerned: Gregory Aboud

Even as the Ministry of Health on Saturday announced the resumption of the vaccination drive, the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) called on the Government to place more focus on vaccination and partner with the private sector to ensure that sufficient vaccines are acquired for the population.

DOMA president Gregory Aboud, in a statement on Saturday, said it is time to “stop the rhetoric and political picong from all sides and try to find a way out of this pandemic quagmire”.

Aboud said the private sector has been on standby from the very beginning to assist either by strategic consultation or by assistance in acquiring the needed vaccinations.

“This association joins with countless other associations and chambers to pledge its firm commitment to the Government and people in the drive to encourage vaccine acceptance and to assist in any way possible with the acquisition and proliferation of the nationwide inoculations.”

Aboud added that the new regulations are inconsistent and confusing.

“Perhaps, in retrospect, it may have been more advisable to have initiated a complete shutdown for a shorter time period than the May 23 date similar to the blitz-type approach recently taken by Barbados. At least in that case there would not be so much confusion about the choice of restrictions such as what science perceives a Covid threat created by curbside pick-up at the many struggling restaurants.”


Trinidad and Tobago is now at the height of the spike.

That spike, says Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, is T&T’s deadliest third wave of Covid-19.

He predicts that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Trinidad and Tobago is now under a state of emergency.

A curfew is also in effect, requiring citizens to stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made for essential workers.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the measures yesterday, one day after the business community called for an state of emergency and curfew to be implemented in an effort to bring the Covid-19 case count under control.

The parallel healthcare system is at near capacity, even as hundreds of new Covid-19 cases are being reported daily.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, Principal Medical Officer, Institutions, noted that more people are being admitted to hospital daily than those being discharged.

Young people are most hesitant about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, while those aged 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting it.

This is according to data of a 2021 Consumer Economic Study (CES) conducted by Market Facts & Opinions (2000) Ltd (MFO) over the period April 14 to May 3, 2021.

Respondents were asked to indicate their perceptions of the Covid-19 vaccine, and whether they were prepared to be vaccinated.