Covid-19 vaccination numbers improve as people turn up voluntarily
The number of people turning up for COVID-19 jabs has improved across vaccination centres around the country.
About thirty thousand individuals have received their vaccine shots across the country in the last fortnight since the arrival of the second batch.
This was confirmed during a press briefing by a health official working at the national Ministry of Health in Juba.
“Generally, we are seeing an increase demand for the vaccines, so we are telling people to come fast and get vaccinated otherwise you will not get the vaccine,” Dr John Rumunu, the Director-General for Preventive Health Services at the Ministry of Health told a press briefing in Juba.
At the end of August, South Sudan received 59,520 shots of the AstraZeneca, a month after running without vaccines.
“We are still left with 24,000 doses to be administered before the end of September when AstraZeneca will be expiring,” Sacha Bootsman, the World Health Organization COVID-19 Incident Manager told the briefing.
South Sudan has also received 152,950 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines from the United States.
Bootsman revealed that the delay in rolling out the Johnson and Johnson is the need to train health care workers to handle the vaccination.
She said it will be deployed in the first week of October.
“This is a one-shot vaccine. It is different from AstraZeneca which requires two doses that is why we need to again go to the process of training of health care workers so that they know specific ways of how to store this vaccine, how to handle this vaccine, also waste management of the empty vials of this vaccine,” Bootsman said.
The vaccines were first brought into the country in April.
The COVAX facility provided 132,000 doses, of which only 60,000 were administered.
About 71,000 were returned before expiry.
At least 96,000 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccines since April when the ministry of health rolled out vaccination against the coronavirus.
The latest reports of improvement in numbers of people willfully submitting to take jabs come as good news for the government that’s been spending lots of time urging employees and the entire public to turn up for voluntary vaccination.
Covid-19 vaccines are facing resistance from a majority of the public due to their distrust in the theories associated with pandemics.
South Sudan, as of Saturday, registered 5 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative cases to 11,805. Recoveries are 11,195 and deaths have been 121 since April last year when the first case was registered