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Health Minister Expects Anti-Vaccine Push-Back

(Trinidad Guardian) Even as the government prepares to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is anticipating “anti-vaccine kickbacks” even from within the medical fraternity.

Deyalsingh was speaking at the virtual opening of the first National Health and Research Conference on Thursday, one day after he announced that preparations are being done to receive the first batch of vaccines.

During the ministry’s virtual media conference on Wednesday, the minister said that the Moderna vaccine will be more feasible for T&T than the Pfizer vaccine.

The ministry has already selected three sites to store the vaccine, two in Trinidad and one in Tobago.

Deyalsingh was speaking about the ethics in health research and gaining the public’s trust when he addressed the issue of opposition to the vaccine.

“We are going to have a challenge and some research has to be done on this and this has to be the anti-vaccine kickback that we are going to get when a COVID vaccine is launched. That is going to be an area that we will have to find out what leads the population and even some in the medical fraternity and we cannot exclude the medical fraternity from this because there are some doctors locally and internationally who buy into the conspiracy theories about vaccines.”

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