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Intervals between COVID-19 doses shortened

Intervals between COVID-19 doses shortened

Zorena Jantze


THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that people who have already received their first COVID-19 dose can go back for a second dose after shorter intervals.


In a circular this week, the health ministry announced that one can take the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine after eight weeks, unlike the previously prescribed waiting period of 12 weeks between the two doses.


Sinopharm has been reduced to 21 days from the previous 28 days, whilst Johnson and Johnson consist of only one dose.


SHORTER WAIT: Intervals between first and second jab reduced significantly. – Photo: Africa News


The Executive Director of the health ministry, Ben Nangombe stated that science around COVID-19 vaccinations is ever-evolving and that Namibia’s actions on the subject are guided on scientific information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and local expertise.


He noted that after research, it was recommended to shorten the intervals between taking the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


When asked about those who were turned away by health workers due to vaccine shortages while looking for their second dose, Nangombe assured the nation that the situation has been remedied following the arrival of new vaccine consignments.


He further noted that people can prolong a second dose for up to six weeks.


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