Myths hindering COVID-19 vaccination programme in Muchinga province

Muchinga Province Acting Provincial Health Director (PHD) David Silweya  says the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the region is still facing challenges in  most communities due to myths.

Dr Silweya says as a result of myths,  health workers  face challenges  in vaccinating learners especially Chinsali girls and appealed to parents to give consent to their children to be given COVID -19 vaccination. 

ZANIS reports that speaking in an interview today, the PHD has appealed the community in the region to remove the myths and misconceptions against COVID-19 vaccination.

“The COVID -19 jab is safe and I want to appeal to all the people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so in order to avoid getting very sick in an event that they catch the virus, ” said Dr. Silweya. 

The Province records a percentage performance of 42% of COVID-19 vaccination, says Dr. Silweya.

The region  now requires to vaccinate 28% of people to reach the needed  70% of the required heard count.

The acting PHD has since commended health workers in the province and the community who took part and got the jab in the mobile vaccination exercise. 

Dr. Silweya named Nakonde as the best performing district  in the just ended relaunched COVID -19 vaccination exercise while Shiwang’ andu was the least. 

Muchinga Province has lost a total of 114 people who include 5 Chiefs since the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic two years ago. 

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