Teaching staff who have gone back out to work will be considered in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Asked about vaccinations of teachers at a News conference on Monday afternoon, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said that he has been in contact with the Minister of Education, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

He said that he requested a list of teachers in the forms four, five and six categories. When this information is received, he said, consideration would be given.

“I reached out to the minister of education some time ago to get a list of her forms 4, 5 and 6 teachers because those are the ones that are physically out and her principals and vice principals. She is working on that list and once I get that list then consideration will be given to that,” he said.

These teachers have been physically out to school and interacting with a small number of pupils preparing for CSEC and CAPE examinations.

Also speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley clarified the Government’s position on exemptions for certain groups in light of the newly announced restrictions.

He said that exemptions for persons on national teams and other groups are still in place. All previously granted exemptions that have not been declared ineffective are still in place

“Where we have not said specifically those things that we have allowed exemptions to, they will continue. For example we had given exemptions to our national teams to prepare, they will continue, to those people who protect turtles on the beach, that will continue but have stopped tours. If you didn't hear that we have withdrawn the exemption, those things will be in place,” he said.


Covid-19 has toppled a giant — local bodybuilding icon Lawrence “The Beast” Marshall.

Health officials confirmed to the Express yesterday that Marshall presented to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope on Friday very ill.

He was admitted and tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Marshall, 57, also had co-morbidities as he had previously suffered heart and kidney ailments.

Venezuelans are illegally flocking to Trinidad and sending messages for their relatives to brave the waters and join, because when they are held they are not being deported but allowed to stay, claims Opposition Senator Damian Lyder.

Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has challenged Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to take the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to show his confidence in the jab.

Moonilal made the call on the heels of criticisms after he warned people to be cautious about being used as “guinea pigs” for the Chinese vaccine, which only has emergency-use approval.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has knocked Moonilal, stating that the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has undergone a rigorous assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old runaway girl staying at his home has been arrested by police.

The girl was rescued by police and taken into the care and custody of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Final year nursing students at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) in San Fernando say they are being denied their right to graduate and progress by the school’s administration.