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UWI COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Continues - AstraZeneca doses available to the public

For Release Upon Receipt - August 23, 2021

St. Augustine

The UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Monday August 23, 2021 — The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus continues its vaccination drive against COVID-19 from today - Monday 23 August, 2021. AstraZeneca shots will be administered at the Health Services Unit on the campus by appointment only. In addition to staff and students, members of the public are invited to book appointments. 

“We are very proud of our COVID-19 vaccination efforts to date. Since we began our drive in June, we have administered first and second doses to over 6000 persons here at The UWI St. Augustine Campus,” said Professor Indar Ramnarine, Deputy Campus Principal. “With the current allocation, we look specifically to those in our neighbouring community in St. Augustine, Tunapuna and Curepe who are nearby and familiar with the campus to come to us to get vaccinated. I know that staff and students will be sharing with their networks as we all play our role in supporting the national vaccination drive,” Professor Ramnarine added. 

Interested persons are asked to schedule an appointment by sending an email to or Consistent with the Ministry of Health guidelines, those who wish to book an appointment must be 18 years and over, non-pregnant and must have a form of national ID on hand. 

In June, The UWI St. Augustine Campus began by offering vaccines to medical students so that they could continue their training and join frontline medical staff. Subsequent drives followed in July to issue doses to staff, students, the wider campus community and general public.  


About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

 From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)