Laurel V Williams
In the coming weeks, QR (Quick Response) codes will be available for people in Trinidad and Tobago to access their covid19 vaccination records.
The health minister said the government is considering having QR codes (barcodes) on cell phones.
“We are putting data into our database. In about six to eight weeks, we will have this system where people can have their vaccination status over the phone with a QR code to scan,” said Terrence Deyalsingh. “People wouldn’t have to travel with a physical card.”
On Friday, he spoke to reporters during the covid19 vaccination road trip to SuperPharm in Marabella.
The reader is a collaboration with the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA). It was also held at the Gopaul Lands Shopping Complex and Marabella Market, Gulf City Mall and Olera Heights.
The minister said it would be up to business owners to get the codes scanned.
“It’s not expensive technology. The smaller of the stores has a checkout-level barcode scan. It would boost their business,” Deyalsingh said.
The code will verify the information on a person’s phone.
Deyalsingh thanked all nurses for showing up for work on Friday despite their union’s call for a “blackout”. The call aimed to highlight outstanding issues such as tips, increases due to workers and job security.
The minister estimated the turnout at 90-95 percent, saying absolutely no patient care was compromised.
âWe (the ministry) will continue to engage our nurses in a constructive and respectful manner as we continue to resolve and respond to valid concerns. I thanked them for their dedication to duty,â he said.
To the five percent who stayed on the sidelines, Deyalsingh said, “I will continue to say that we will treat your issues with respect. The issues have been largely resolved at ERHA and SWRHA. Some issues are ahead. the personnel manager. “
For another time, he called on people to get vaccinated. He saw the vaccine as a tool to keep people out of economic uncertainty and to make the concept of safe zones work in the entertainment industry from October 11.
“We are saving lives and livelihoods. The process would soon be revealed,” he said.
Considering that vaccination is not mandatory, a reporter asked if unvaccinated police officers would arrest someone in a safe area reserved for vaccinated.
He replied, “You don’t have to wait any longer for all these legal issues to be discussed. All of these issues have been dealt with by the Attorney General. I received the brief yesterday and the appropriate response will be given by the GA. “
Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein and Brian Manning, Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Member of Parliament for San Fernando East were also present.
Manning praised Deyalsingh for “working tirelessly day and night” to promote vaccinations. He said he was happy Deyalsingh traveled to southern Trinidad to work on the vaccine reluctance.
“I don’t know why there should be at this point. Because we have done so much to spread the truth about vaccination and what it can do to help us stay safe and bring us back to a level. normal life, âManning said.
“I think some people have become complacent. They think they can get the vaccine anytime, and they’re life threatening.”
He believes that by refusing to get the vaccine, people are playing Russian roulette with their lives.
He encouraged people to get vaccinated.
While walking along the road, Alberta Morris, 70, of Claxton Bay, stopped and spoke to Deyalsingh.
Standing next to him, she told reporters that initially she had concerns and did not want to be vaccinated. She finally took it and had no side effects. Morris encouraged people to get vaccinated. She said many of her relatives had already had it. However, her youngest son is afraid of needles and has not taken them.