The ministry of health yesterday afternoon received a donation of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of India Flag of India.
The vaccines were received by the ministry of health officials led by the Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng. Speaking to the media shortly after receiving the vaccine, said that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will remain in place even after vaccination.
“You should stop complacency even after getting the Covid-19 vaccine because you can still fall sick after being vaccinated. But the only thing is that you may not be put on oxygen as it is the case now,” she said.
On Friday last week, the ministry received that the first batch of 864,000 doses of the vaccine and Dr Aceng revealed that countrywide vaccination will start on Wednesday March 10 with healthcare workers in public health facilities.
“The initial group will be health workers in public health facilities followed by those in private facilities. This will be done from March 10 to 15. Thereafter, we shall have teachers and the exercise will begin from March 16 to 19,” she said.
The ministry expects to carry out the vaccination in a phrased manner that will see at least 150,000 health workers and 550,000 teachers vaccinated in the said period.