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Vaccination rate still too low

Vaccination rate still too low

Staff Reporter

IN the latest 24-hour cycle, 451 new cases were recorded from 2 042 results, a 22.1% positivity ratio, while Namibians remain hesitant to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Of the total confirmed cases, 436 are new cases and 15 cases are re-infections.

The ages range from one month to 95 years.

Two Covid-19 deaths were reported from the Oshakati district. One death occurred on 31 December 2021 and one on 3 January 2022. One of the deceased was fully vaccinated with Sinopharm.

“Khomas region recorded the highest number of cases (132), constituting 29.3% of the total cases of which three are reinfections, followed by the Erongo region with 70 cases of which four are re-infections, accounting for 15.5% of the total reported cases,” the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, said.

Among the confirmed cases are 51 learners, ten healthcare workers, six teachers and four students from different institutions. One case received one dose of the vaccine, 31 cases are fully vaccinated of which four have received booster doses, and 15 of the vaccinated cases did not specify the number of doses received, while 404 cases are not vaccinated, accounting for 89.6% of the total confirmed cases.

“We are reporting 262 new recoveries from five regions,” Dr Shangula said.

“The number of active cases is 10 954, while 402 cases are currently hospitalized across all the 14 regions. Eight of the hospitalized cases have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, 38 are fully vaccinated, while 356 are not vaccinated constituting 88.6%.”

The Minister said 34 are in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). One case in ICU has received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, one case is fully vaccinated and 32 cases are not vaccinated representing 94.1% of all cases in ICU.

By 8 January 2022, a total of 407 872 people aged 18 years and above have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, representing 27.2% of the target population (1 501 041). A total of 106 866 have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, while 240 145 adults have received two doses of other vaccine types.

Therefore, 347 011 adults have completed their vaccination, translating to 23.1% of the target population.

A total number of 2 287 children aged 12 to 17 years have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, representing 0.7% of the target population (307 298). Of these, 307 are fully vaccinated.

The cumulative number of people vaccinated with the first dose, both adults and children, is 410 159 of which 347 318 are fully vaccinated, while 7 609 people have received a booster dose.

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