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Sep 1, 2021

Vaccine Campaign Going to Primary and High Schools

Melissa Diaz-Musa

On August twenty-third, minors between the ages of twelve and seventeen began receiving initial doses of Pfizer vaccines.  Across the country, as many as twelve thousand teenagers have received their first shots. A campaign that is being launched by the Ministry of Health and Wellness that will have nurses visiting primary and high schools to inoculate as many older students as possible in the weeks ahead.


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Deputy Regional Manager, Central Health Region

“We are very pleased to say that the vaccine drive has continued to be successful.  We have people coming into our sites every single day and at this point we have the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and J&J, Johnson and Johnson, for persons eighteen and over and we have rolled out our Pfizer vaccine campaign for children between the ages of twelve and seventeen.  That has also been successful countrywide.”


Isani Cayetano

“Can you share with us perhaps a figure or a ballpark of the number of minors, twelve to seventeen, who have gotten their first shot since the beginning of that particular campaign?”


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa

“Well we started last week Monday, countrywide, so it’s just a little under two weeks now and we’ve vaccinated approximately twelve thousand persons between the ages of twelve and seventeen.  The target, of course, is targeting, we’re trying to go into schools, going into areas where we can get persons between the ages of twelve to seventeen.  The benefit with Pfizer for us is that you have three weeks that you can then become, get your second dose within twenty-one days so it’s not the long ten weeks like, or eight to ten weeks like with AstraZeneca.  And as well, our target population, we can focus on going to the high schools and trying to get the target population vaccinated as fast as possible.”

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