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Over 20 315 Namibians received COVID-19 vaccine: Shangula

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More than 20 000 Namibians have been vaccinated for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) countrywide, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula has said.Speaking at the 27th COVID-19 briefing here on Thursday, Shangula said the ministry has est…

More than 20 000 Namibians have been vaccinated for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) countrywide, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula has said.

Speaking at the 27th COVID-19 briefing here on Thursday, Shangula said the ministry has established a total of 383 COVID-19 vaccination sites countrywide, of which 181 are fixed, 154 mobile, and 48 are outreach points.

“It is encouraging that more and more Namibians are coming forward to get vaccinated. Indeed It is an encouraging positive public response and we call upon more Namibians to go and get vaccinated, said the Minister.

Shangula clarified that no eligible person should be turned away or denied vaccination because of national documents as it was reported and complained by some members of the public without documents.

He added that persons without national identification can be vouched for by another person with documents, while health passports, voters registration cards, documents from church authorities and driving licenses may serve as identification documents.

“The nation should know that the vaccines are available for all Namibians and people residing in Namibia at no cost. We will continue to share this vital information as part of our public education and awareness raising campaigns on COVID-19 vaccination,” he noted.

Shangula also indicated that the national COVID-19 response and preparedness is informed and guided by the available scientific information and data.

He further said experts and health care workers involved in the planning of the public health measures continue to engage and consult with counterparts around the world to ensure that the response is effective and produces the desired results.

“Currently, the COVID-19 epidemiological trend in Namibia calls for a greater vigilance. It calls for all of us to take personal responsibility to suppress the spread of new infections. “ he noted.

Namibia’s total number of active cases on Wednesday stood at 1 619, of which 180 were hospitalised and 42 were in intensive care units, while 638 deaths had been recorded.

Source: Namibia Press Agency