Chakwera to lead in getting first jab of Covid vaccines: Malawi journalists prioritised

President Lazarus Chakwera will be the first  to take the dose of the coronavirus vaccine with First Lady Monica Chakwera as the government will roll out vaccination  drive in Zomba, government has said.

Chakwera to get fist jab

The administration of the vaccines is expected to start on March 15.

Health Minister Khumbize Kandondo Chiponda  and Minister of Information Gospel Kazako both disclosed that Chakwera enrolled himself to be vaccinated  the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab  to encourage Malawians eligible for the injection to get it.

“President Chakwera will have the first shot  of  coronavirus vaccine publicly to prove it’s safe,” said Kazako, who is also government spokesperson.

Kazako said President Chakwera to launch Covid-19 vaccines with first jab will help an awareness campaign to promote confidence in its safety and effectiveness as Malawi public health officials try to convince the public to take the vaccine.

“President Chakwera will get his first jab in public to help urge all Malawians to get the vaccine,” said Kazako.

Priority groups to receive the first vaccinations include teachers, health care workers, government security officers, the elderly and those with underlying conditions.

Minister of Health  Chiponda d has also disclosed that journalists are among priority groups to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

She told the journalists at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe  on Friday when she received thefirst batch of 360,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UN COVAX facility  that they are among the risk groups “as their work involves interacting with a lot of people”.

Misa-Malawi in a statement said it was pleased to notify its membership that government has included journalists in the priority groups of people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

“In this arrangement, journalists will be required to carry with them Media Council of Malawi (MCM) accreditation cards or employment identity cards when going to the immunisation centres,” reads the statement signed by Misa chairperson Teresa Ndanga.

Misa-Malawi encouraged all journalists to get immunised as their job involves regular travel and interaction with others, thereby putting them at risk of contracting Covid-19.

“We also take this opportunity to implore on journalists to responsibly provide coverage on the immunisation rollout and encourage all Malawians to be vaccinated when the opportunity arises.

“Misa Malawi would also like to remind journalists and media houses of the earlier arrangement in which journalists can be tested through their media house(s) when and where there are confirmed cases within the media house or there are individuals who have clear symptoms,” reads the statement.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango said 861 centres where the Covid-19 vaccine would be administered across the country have already been identified and logistics were in place for the delivery.

Meanwhile,  Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health,  Charles Mwansambo  has said the vaccines should not encourage complacency.

“Let’s continue washing our hands regularly with soap and water and of course those with sanitizers, you sanitize [and] let’s watch that 1-meter distance and avoid crowds,” Mwansambo said.

Malawi registered its first three cases of Covid-19 last April.

However, infections reached a critical level during a second wave of the pandemic, starting in November, when 30% of those tested each day were positive for Covid-19, leading President Chakwera to declare the pandemic a national disaster.

Malawi has reported 32,283 infections and 1,058 deaths from the virus.

COVAX is an initiative to ensure access to the coronavirus vaccine is available to the world’s most vulnerable.

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Ndani
Ndani
4 months ago

1. Journalists will carry MISA IDS, wat about HIV positive people, what ID will they carry?
2. 360,000÷2÷861= 209….are we sure we want 861 centres with just 360,000 vaccines….it will be very expensive to man those 861 centres than the vaccines being offered…

Can some1 think for once

Bwana wa Ulesi
Bwana wa Ulesi
4 months ago

Ana ndi zidzukulu dzibaisidwenso tizione. Ndipo pobaisa muchite momwe munachitila nthawi ya vote ija munakavotela ku polling center not ku State house mutavala mask so do likewise pitani ku Bwaila mukabaise. Otherwise ine azandibaila (madzi a BWB) pa den.

Gibson maluza
Gibson maluza
4 months ago

Katemera sanayambe mzimayi wina wayamba kale ma VN kuti anthu akufa naye katemera koma amalawi

Alice
4 months ago

Good for you Mr President but remember that it’s efficacy is 26% only, so continue with steaming after every meeting you have.

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
4 months ago
Reply to  Alice

26% efficiency waitenga kuti?

Zamadula
Zamadula
4 months ago

The vaccine arrived on March 5; but the first jab will only be administered 10 days later? Why, oh why? With Covid each single day is critical; why the wait? The logistics should have been in place long before the vaccines arrived. Can Malawi do anything right? Even health workers in remote parts of Malawi should have been able to receive the jab within 5 days of arrival of the vaccine in the country. Also as an aside, all the naysayers against this Covid vaccine should hold their peace. Due to our poverty as a country, there won’t be enough… Read more »

God love us
God love us
4 months ago
Reply to  Zamadula

Too far to malawians expectation, this govement

Fotu
Fotu
4 months ago

Talandilani zimenezi…when you turn into zombies then we will rule you. How can a vaccine be developed in less than one year? Mupeze kaye wa HIV kaye then we will trust you…

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
4 months ago
Reply to  Fotu

Ife tinalandira bwanji sitinasandukebe kukhala zombie mpaka lero.mukhala choncho ndi umbuli wanuwo

Bondo
Bondo
4 months ago

Journalists? Nde priority yanji imeneyi?

Banda
Banda
4 months ago

Priority should be given to the elderly which are dying from the virus. Makes no sense to prioritize all teachers who are not suffering. Case in point UK started with front line workers now is prioritazing the elderly who are most effected not a 20 something front line worker. Malawi has only received 360 thousand doses enough for 180 thousand people, make these shots count.

Esnarth Yaluwera
Esnarth Yaluwera
4 months ago

Tidziwa bwanji mwina akhala akuwabaya madzi a Lilongwe Water Board.

Maneno
4 months ago

Kodi a ma bp ndi sugar azingopita ndi ma book a kuchipatala basi, muthamangira kupasa anthu oti ali fit kusiya real people in danger of dying ndi covid, nanga muyambe ku chipani, aphunzitsi, army, police ma journalist mmmmm mukanayamba ndi health workers then nkhalamba za over 60 then people with conditions, then 0ver 40 kumatsika ositi poor planning ikuchitikayi Mr Nkhoma co chair

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