Samia, top officials gets jabs

29Jul 2021
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Samia, top officials gets jabs

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday led other national leaders in the launch of the national Covid-19 vaccination drive, promising that all willing Tanzanians will be inoculated.

Speaking before receiving the recently acquired consignment at the State House Dar es Salaam, the president said the government is to ship in sufficient supplies of jabs.

“I am aware that some Tanzanians have been travelling outside the country to be vaccinated; we want all those who want the jab to get right here,” she said.

“Foreigners living in the country were not being allowed back into their country because of our previous stance on vaccination and that is now a thing of the past.”

President Samia also directed the Ministry for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to set up strategies aimed at increasing community awareness to overcome emerging myths and misconception about the jab.

She said the community must get the right information so that all those willing to get the vaccine can make informed decisions instead of relying on fake information and rumors.

“Iam a mother of three children who are directly depend on me, also a grandmothers, wife but also a president of the united republic of Tanzania. I cannot bad thing to my people and risk my life, ”she said.

“Iam ready to take the vaccine because health experts have proved to us that it is safe to be used by human being. All those who are willing go and take the vaccine,” said president Samia

For her part, the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said that the imported vaccines has been proven and therefore it was fit for human health.

He said the special committee and minister cabinet will make a review and come with feedback on the people's perception about the vaccine before embarking on an awareness programme on how people receive the jab to inform decisions and take action.

The Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Dorothy Dorothy Gwajima assured the community that the vaccine followed all procedures regarding importation of vaccine.

She said that the government will acquire five varieties of vaccines namely- Sinovac, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna to enable all those willing to make informed decisions.

Dr Gwajima said Johnson & Johnson virus vaccine is  administered as a one-dose shot, whereas the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are administered as two doses, given 21 and 28 days apart respectively.

She said 3.9 billion doses of covid-19 vaccines have been administered and showed positive response including slow down infection rates and deaths.

“Our ministry is preparing the guidelines that will show how the vaccine will be administered in health centres across the country, ”she said.

“Increased awareness is very important to overcome rumors and misconception among the general public in order to reach the head unit, ”she added.

According to her, the vaccine (Johnson& Johnson) imported recently from the United States is safe adding that eight million people have been vaccinated and over 50 countries in the world are using the jab.

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