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The Ministry of Health provides immunization services at no charge to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago through the Extended Programme on Immunization. The Ministry’s goal is to have every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago fully immunized. Free vaccines are provided to prevent the following diseases:

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Mumps (Parotitis)
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Viral Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type b
  • Yellow Fever
  • Pneumococcal Disease
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Rotavirus Enteritis
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Viral Hepatitis A
  • Influenza

When you are vaccinated you are given an immunization card, also known as the Vaccination Card or Health Passport. Vaccines expire and must therefore be updated at the intervals indicated by your health care professional. Your vaccination card will be updated as you receive additional vaccines. The immunization card is an extremely important document as it is a requirement for children to be enrolled in schools.

Where can I get immunized?

Vaccinations are done by appointment at all Health Centres on days scheduled for immunization. Health Centres usually schedule one or two days per week for immunizations. Please contact a health centre near you to find out their immunization schedule. Please follow the link below for a list of health centres. You may also be vaccinated by private medical practitioners.

Please note that general hospitals only administer Tetanus vaccines. You should not visit a hospital for routine vaccinations.

What vaccines do I need?

The vaccines you need are determined by your age. When a child is born, a referral is given to a community Health Centre by the hospital or health care professional. A nurse at the Health Centre will visit the child and mother during the six weeks following birth, during which an appointment will be given for the parent or caregiver to bring the infant in for assessment. At age six weeks, an assessment is done at the Health Centre and another appointment is made to administer the child’s first vaccines, at age three months. The child will be given subsequent appointments at the Health Centre, during the appropriate clinic days, in accordance with the immunisation schedule below. Children are monitored at the Health Centre up to five years of age.

Adults and children over the age of five must arrange to be immunized at a Health Centre or through a private medical practitioner.

Immunization Schedule

Age

Immunization to be given against

Vaccine

3 months

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Hepatitis B infection,

Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Poliomyelitis

Pentavalent (DPT / Hep B / Hib)

Attenuated trivalent oral poliomyelitis vaccine (OPV)

4 -5 months

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Hepatitis B infection,

Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Poliomyelitis V

Pentavalent (DPT / Hep B / Hib)

6 months

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Hepatitis B infection,

Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Poliomyelitis

Pentavalent (DPT / Hep B / Hib)

12-15 months

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Yellow Fever

Combined Measles, Mumps, Rubella

(MMR)

Attenuated Yellow Fever vaccine

18 months

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Poliomyelitis

Booster DPT

OPV

5 years

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Poliomyelitis

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Boosters

DPT

OPV

MMR

9-12 years

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Yellow Fever

Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td), Yellow Fever vaccine

19-45 years

MMR, Hep B

Pre-Natal for Mothers

Neonatal Tetanus, Tetanus

Td (Adult Tetanus, Diphtheria)

Post-Natal for Mothers

Rubella

MMR

What documentation do I need?

You may be required to provide identification when you visit the Health Centre (passport, I.D. card or driver’s permit).

Where can I find more information?

You may find more information on immunization at the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Division or at any Health Centre. Contact information for Health Centres can be obtained by following the link below.

Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Division
Ministry of Health
Corner Park and St. Vincent Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Phone: (868) 624-4994 ext. 308 or 309
Phone/Fax: (868) 627-9085
8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays





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