Over 90 000 get AstraZeneca jab  in Malawi

Health officials say over 90,000 people have so far received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the country since it was rolled out three weeks ago.

A Lilongwe based woman gets her jab while Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo looks on-pic by Lisa Kadango

This is according to an update presented by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid -19.

The government rolled out the Covid 19 vaccination exercise three weeks ago, across the country, on a voluntary basis.

In the first phase, the exercise targeted health workers, security personnel, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The second phase targeted journalists, social workers including teachers and religious and traditional leaders.

The Taskforce has also highlighted that Covid 19 continues to claim lives, hence the need to continue following the preventive measures.

Meanwhile, the government has ordered medical personnel to expedite the process of delivering the Covid 19 vaccine in vaccination centres.

It follows observations that the vaccination exercise is not starting at the set time of 8am in most centres due to delayed delivery of the vaccines.

This has led to crowding and long queues, thereby raising security concerns and frustrating some people to get the vaccine.

Currently, the vaccination exercise targets the elderly, people with underlying conditions, journalists and other social workers.

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1 year ago

Which vaccination centre is following the protocol. One can see youngsters getting vaccine left right n centre. Senior citizens are waiting in the same que. Handicapped persons are also in the same que. There is no logic on getting the jab first and then registering manually and then computerising. Whilst computerrising questions are asked about your underlying conditions. This is weird , one is supposed to be registered first, verify if the person is a resident in malawi and then queried about underlying conditions before the jab. After the jab a patient has to be under observation for a few… Read more »

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 year ago

This very low. We should have hit at least 150,000.

1 year ago

On paper, yes it’s targeting those people you’ve mentioned, but in reality, everyone is getting it, at least from what I’ve observed in Zomba. On another note, 90k seems low for a three-week period. It only shows loopholes in the system and not necessarily lack of interest from the general public.

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50 plus 1
1 year ago

In general, everything is on course. Let alone for financial constraints on logistics

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