National Vaccine Preparedness Plan developed for COVID vaccine roll out

The Ministry of Health has developed a National Vaccine Preparedness Plan for the local roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine under the guidance of the World Health Organization.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony

Minister Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony said much work has been done to ensure Guyana has the capacity to administer the vaccine.

“We have completed a training manual and have started training the trainers. Now the trainers would be going out to the different regions and rolling out training to persons who would be involved in the immunisation process at a regional level.

The difference in the training would be explaining to people the types of vaccines that are available for COVID-19. You know the difference between the different types of vaccines, Pfizer or Moderna, how they can be used, what temperature.”

Individuals will also be trained to fill in the necessary paperwork when administering the vaccine.

Additionally, Minister Anthony said the process is still ongoing to ensure the country’s facilities are properly equipped to store the vaccines once they have been received. The physical space is being expanded for storage while the required refrigerators are being shipped.

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