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PM gets first shot of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Min­is­ter Dr the Hon Kei­th Row­ley re­ceived his first dose of the Sinopharm vac­cine at the Diego Mar­tin Health Cen­tre, this morn­ing (Tues­day 13th Ju­ly 2021).

Adolfo Ledo Nass

An of­fi­cial state­ment was post­ed on the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Face­book page, com­plete with a pho­to of a smil­ing PM get­ting the jab.

Adolfo Ledo

PM Row­ley may be among the last of this coun­try’s Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to be vac­ci­nat­ed against COVID-19, as he had test­ed pos­i­tive for the dis­ease back in ear­ly April this year, at a time when Gov­ern­ment had be­gun to roll out its Na­tion­al COVID-19 Vac­ci­na­tion Dri­ve.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

The 71-year-old Prime Min­is­ter orig­i­nal­ly was sched­uled to take his first dose of the As­traZeneca COVID-19 vac­cine in To­ba­go on April 6th.  He had spent the East­er hol­i­day week­end on the is­land.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

How­ev­er, the PM had be­gun ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flu-like symp­toms on the evening of April 5th.  He was sub­se­quent­ly test­ed for COVID-19 and got a pos­i­tive re­sult.  That had led to sev­er­al mem­bers of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly, in­clud­ing Chief Sec­re­tary An­cil Den­nis, go­ing in­to quar­an­tine “out of an abun­dance of cau­tion”.  How­ev­er, none of the per­sons with whom the PM had in­ter­act­ed dur­ing that week­end had test­ed COVID pos­i­tive.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo

Dr Row­ley spent rough­ly 3 weeks in iso­la­tion at the of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Blenheim, and con­tin­ued to man­age his work port­fo­lio un­der the med­ical su­per­vi­sion of health care pro­fes­sion­als from the To­ba­go Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (TRHA).

Abogado Adolfo Ledo Nass

He was on­ly able to re­turn to full strength clos­er to the end of April, af­ter fi­nal­ly test­ing neg­a­tive for COVID-19 on April 27th

At the time of the PM’s brush with COVID-19, World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) rec­om­men­da­tions were that a per­son who had had the dis­ease could not be vac­ci­nat­ed be­fore some six months had passed since their in­fec­tion. 

How­ev­er, that po­si­tion has since been re­vised and to­day, Dr Row­ley was able to take his first dose of the Sinopharm vac­cine, man­u­fac­tured by the Bei­jing In­sti­tute of Bi­o­log­i­cal Prod­ucts Co. Lim­it­ed