The Presidential vehicles at the Diego Martin Health Centre

President Paula-Mae Weekes, 62, along with her mother, Phyllis Weekes, 92, received their COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday at the Diego Martin Health Centre on the Wendy Fitzwilliam Blvd, this morning.

This was confirmed by both communications adviser to the President, Cheryl Lala and North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) chief executive officer Salisha Baksh.

Lala told the Express that both women received their shots at 9.10 a.m. and were observed for 30 minutes, which is the stipulated time given by WHO.

The communications adviser said President Weekes indicated that the process went smoothly, no hiccups and she feels “perfectly fine”.

Weekes was back to work at the Office of the President.

At the Diego Martin Health Centre scores of elderly persons lined up to register to receive the vaccines.

NWRHA’s chief executive officer Salisha Baksh said as of Tuesday morning over 500 persons were registered to take their first jab and they will be called by health officials later this week to confirm the date for their vaccination.


The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is to hold a meeting with the family of Ijaz Haniff, the 60-year-old man who died after suffering a blood clot and paraly­sis days after he took the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The Muslim population is being urged to follow all Covid-19 protocols as they observe the month of Ramadan and prepare for Eid celebrations.

Director of Veterinary Public Health Dr Saed Rahaman made the call yesterday, as he noted Eid celebrations have been impacted by the pandemic for a second year.

The death of Energy Minister Franklin Khan will cause Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, currently in quarantine, to make his first Cabinet adjustment since the commencement of this term. 

MINISTER OF Energy, Franklin Khan, who died yesterday, is being remembered as a champion of the local energy industry who dedicated much of his working life to the development of T&T’s natural resources for the benefit of its citizens.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves cried openly and unashamedly on April 9 when La Soufriere blew its overheated top, presenting a world of challenges for the leader and country of 110,000 people.