Jonglei officially kicks off COVID-19 Vaccination
Jonglei officially kicks off COVID-19 Vaccination. The ministry of health in Jonglei State announced on Friday the receipt of 1,500 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, transported the AstraZeneca vaccine consignment from the capital Juba to Bor town.
Dr. Samuel Majur, the director-general in the state health ministry, explained over the weekend that they will start the vaccination drive Monday, June 7, to avoid the risk of expiry by mid-July.
Indeed, the vaccination was officially launched on Monday, June 7. The turnout was good, but more awareness and sensitization can be done to allow more people of Jonglei to key into the vaccination program.
The state minister of health thanked the National Ministry of Health, especially Hon. Elizabeth Achuei for availing it to the States; Jonglei State Government for its continuous support to the State Ministry of Health’s activities and various roles that ensured its arrival; State Ministry of Health’s administration and vaccinators; and our health partners (WHO, UNICEF & MDM) for its safe transportation, safe storage, and safe administering.
She further explained that the vaccine has been scientifically studied to be safe for consumption, used by millions of people, and it protects the priority group. He encouraged everyone, especially the skeptics, to stop spreading unproven theories that if vaccinated, people will die, become infertile, and infected among others.
According to the minister everybody should be given the chance to decide whether to be vaccinated or not.
Other speakers during the event include Dr. George Worri (WHO), Dau Deng (UNICEF), and Caroline Njoroge (MDM) spoke on the importance of vaccination.
Hon. Tuong Majok, during the launch, also explains the realities of Covid-19 and how the Jonglei people can protect themselves.
Other states that have received the vaccines are expected to officially launch the vaccination later this week.