Covid 19 vaccination program to resume on the 23rd June

Written by on June 8, 2021

The Ministry of Health has announced that the country’s Covid-19 vaccination program is set to resume on 23rd June for second dose.

Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical Services Kennedy Malama says the country will receive an additional 108,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines by 21st June.

Dr Malama says these will go towards supplementing vaccines assigned for second dose recipients as well as those yet to receive the first dose of covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Malama says government has continued making strides in mobilizing more vaccines through the Africa vaccine acquisition trust and other options as approved by cabinet, with an additional 100,000 sinopharm doses expected within weeks.

Dr Malama says government is doing everything possible to save livelihood, schools and economy in view of the escalating cases of Covid-19 fuelled by laxity in adherence to the guidelines.

And Dr Malama says the country has recorded 1,231 new cases of covid-19 out of 10,015 tests conducted and six deaths recorded in the last 24 hours in Lusaka and Southern Provinces.

Speaking during the routine Covid-19 brief today, Dr Malama has cautioned that the country is likely to reach 500 in-patients by next week thereby straining health systems. 

And Director of Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health, Prof Lloyd Mulenga says 400 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in schools in the last five days.

Prof Mulenga however says learners have presented mild symptoms and have been quarantined in facilities as well as homes, with no mortalities recorded.

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