July 16, 2021

MOH Outlines Quarantine Protocols For Unvaccinated Children Entering T&T

By Newsroom

With Trinidad and Tobago’s borders set to reopen tomorrow, July 17th, the Ministry of Health has provided a detailed guideline of its quarantine protocols for unvaccinated children who will be travelling into both Trinidad and Tobago. 

This includes children who are nationals as well as non-nationals, travelling with a fully vaccinated Parent or Guardian.

“A child is defined in Trinidad and Tobago as a person under the age of 18 years of age. It must be noted at this time that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not approved the use of vaccines in this category (with the exception of the Pfizer Biontech vaccine (Cominarty); which is authorized for ages 12 years and above, however, at this time, remains largely unavailable to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” the Ministry explained. 

As such, Category 4 of the document Quarantine Protocols for Passengers Entering into Trinidad and Tobago will apply.  The following will be required for unvaccinated children:

-PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival

-Repeat of a PCR test between days 3 to 5

– All test results, both positive and negative to be reported to the County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) and/or Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  Those who are positive will be required to isolate immediately at the discretion of the CMOH and an additional quarantine order will be applied.

Members of the public are also advised that the same conditions for fully vaccinated adults will be applied to fully vaccinated children.

The full Quarantine Protocols for Passengers Entering into Trinidad and Tobago is available via the Guidelines and Regulations page of the COVID-19 portal on the Ministry of Health’s website – www.health.gov.tt or directly via www.health.gov.tt/quarantine-protocols-for-passengers-entering-trinidad-and-tobago-effective-july-17th-2021.