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Education Minister says parents are taking a “wait-and-see” approach with pediatric COVID-19 jabs

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has made COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old available. This is the youngest sector of the population who can be administered the jabs at this time. However, in the weeks since the shots became available, many parents have not taken their children to get the shot. Minister of Education Francis Fonseca says he’s hopeful that more students in that age group will get their vaccinations before the new school year starts. 

Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “I think it’s going a little slow and that’s what I expected. I expected you know when it comes to small children you’ll appreciate that parents are very very cautious, they’re very concerned so there’s a wait and see approach in terms of the vaccine but what’s important is that it’s available and that parents and our school communities know that they can access it if they needed. We believe firmly that if our students are vaccinated that provides additional protection for them, for our teachers and our school community so we certainly hope between now and the opening of school in August that more of our students at that level will get vaccinated because that presents an opportunity for us to have less interruptions in the school academic year.”