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Covid vaccination is voluntary -Taskforce

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19 is reassuring the public that no one will be forced to receive the coronavirus vaccine that rolls out this month.

The first batch of the 100, 000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrives in the country this coming Friday, to control the spread of the pandemic.

The Emirates plane carrying the vaccines will touch down at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe at 5pm.

Co-Chairperson of the Covid Taskforce, Wilfred Chalamira Nkhoma discloses syringes to be used in the administration of the vaccines have already arrived.

One of the requirement in preparation of mass vaccination is availability of tool kits for the job, in this case, the syringes.

“You don’t have to have a one to one count with syringes, because some of them when you are using them you might find that they are not working, these are disposable syringes,” the Taskforce Co-chairperson explained.

Authorities reveal that the first beneficiaries of the vaccine will be health workers, teachers, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

 

However, numerous myths and misconceptions about the vaccine force some people to reject it, as there is no adequate information on the jab.

“Nobody is going to be forced, but we are hoping and counting on every Malawian that would want to prevent and protect themselves,” assured Chalamira Nkhoma.

“But there will be more does coming,” He added.

Meanwhile, the nation is looking forward to the  arrival of the vaccine this Friday.

Although the doses are expected to be in a week late, President Lazarus Chakwera earlier stressed that it will be in the country in good time for the scheduled administration.

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Commenting on the growing anxiety in the section of the society that is looking forward to the jab, Chalamira Nkhoma stressed that as much as assurance of the vaccine’s arrival is important, the authorities can only rest assured with the commencement of the vaccination process.

“It is not the vaccine that is important, it is the vaccination that is important, so we are hoping that people are going to willingly come forward to be vaccinated,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, government has given assurance that it is working on awareness that will ensure general public acceptance of the vaccination.

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