Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Ben Nangombe announced on Thursday that the ministry has added more eligible target population groups for COVID-19 vaccination under Phase I of the campaign.This is in addition to frontline he…
Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Ben Nangombe announced on Thursday that the ministry has added more eligible target population groups for COVID-19 vaccination under Phase I of the campaign.
This is in addition to frontline healthcare workers whose vaccination commenced on 19 March 2021 in the Khomas and Erongo regions.
In a media statement, Nangombe stated that the addition was made according to the developed plan to vaccinate target populations in the Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek districts in line with the national COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment and Vaccination Plan.
“The identified districts have, at different times, been classified as epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia,” Nangombe stated.
The added target groups include frontline workers such as the National Correctional Service staff, police officers, immigration officers, all employees manning points of entry at Hosea Kutako and Walvis Bay international airports, employees at the Walvis Bay Harbour, cross-border transport operators including truck drivers, pilots, long-distance bus drivers with permanent residence permits in Namibia, persons involved in the distribution of old age pension and other social grants, diplomats and journalists.
Other population groups including all persons in correctional facilities between the ages of 18 and 65, all persons between 60 and 65 with and without comorbidities, religious, traditional and elected leaders are also prioritised.
The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out campaign commenced on 19 March 2021 with 100 000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by the People’s Republic of China and 30 000 doses of Covishield (Astra Zeneca) vaccine donated by the Republic of India.
“The limited available does of Covishield vaccine are prioritised for use in persons with co-morbid conditions, including healthcare workers and those between 60 and 65 years old while the Sinopharm is prioritised for use in persons without co-morbid conditions falling within the age category of 18 to 59,” Nangombe explained.
He further explained that vaccines choice prioritisation is essential to ensure those most at risk are vaccinated and encouraged institutions to submit lists of their frontline workers eligible for vaccination to respective hospitals were vaccination is offered as per population groups prioritisation to expedite the process.
“This will also facilitate appropriate logistics and other related arrangements for vaccination. However, individuals are welcome to report for vaccination at selected sites anytime,” said Nangombe.
He stressed that vaccination is voluntary and urged vaccinated public members to continue adhering to COVID-19 regulations.
To date, 1 857 vaccines have been administered.
Source: Namibia Press Agency