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Vaccination making slow progress in Omusati

Vaccination making slow progress in Omusati

Placido Hilukilwa

 

THE COVID-19 vaccination campaign is progressing, albeit it at snail pace due to the phenomenal anti-vaccine misinformation especially in the Omusati Region.

 

Health authorities say that people are gradually responding positively to the call, but vaccine hesitancy remains high.

 

Speaking to Informanté on Tuesday, regional health director Alfons Amoomo said that people are being vaccinated, but not at the desired pace.

 

The total number of doses administered so far has exceeded 25 000, which is a very low figure for that populous region.

Amoomo said that 15 667 people have received their first doses, while 9 588 people are now fully vaccinated.

Only Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines are currently available in the region, but other vaccines such as the Russian-produced Sputnik and the American Johnson and Johnson will soon be added to the inventory.

Amoomo identified other challenges such as a shortage of vaccinators and data capturing personnel.

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