[SaneVax: In response to citizen concerns, the Health Ministry of Trinidad & Tobago have agreed to suspend the recently implemented HPV vaccination programme in their schools. The SaneVax Team believes other countries should do the same. Schools are for education, not vaccination.]
T & T Health Ministry suspends HPV vaccination programme at schools
By Staebrook Editor
(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of Health has suspended its Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme for young girls at the primary and secondary schools following pressure from denominational school boards.
The programme has not been stopped entirely but has been shifted from schools to community health centres.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said that as part of its educational campaign, meetings were held with the various stakeholders from since September 2012 before the commencement of the HPV vaccination programme in January this year. Some of the organisations invited could not attend the sensitisation meetings, the ministry said.
The organisations invited but which could not attend were the Hindu School Board, Catholic School Board, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) and Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, it added.