THABO Ntoi, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Operational Support of the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) says the body has made significant strides in its journey of vaccinating the nation as 35 percent of Basotho have already accessed the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nov. 23, 2021
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NACOSEC reaches more Basotho with COVID-19 vaccine
Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine
- The target is to vaccinate 1.6 million people by the end of this year
- Eligible Basotho are encouraged to vaccinate as it reduces their chances of becoming severely ill and dying from Covid
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He said their target is to vaccinate 1.6 million by the end of this year although due to some challenges they have encountered, they only managed to vaccinate 702 000 people thus far.
Mr Ntoi said they intend to increase this number by ensuring that people readily access the vaccine at all border gates and all villages.
He therefore encouraged eligible Basotho to visit centres where they can access the vaccine, as it reduces their chances of becoming severely ill and dying from COVID-19 related complications.
He said as they proceed with the process, they come across individuals who are scared of taking the vaccine because of lies spread about the dangers it poses.
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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro has announced that since the country moved to the blue colour code, vaccination cards will be required at all sporting activities, gyms, entertainment centres, creative and cultural activities, public recreational areas and parks, liquor stores, night clubs and political gatherings.
Lesotho launched the COVID-19 vaccine in March at the Scott Hospital in Morija and currently, there are four types of vaccines available in the country including Johnson and Johnson (J&J), Sinopharm, Astra Zeneca and Pfizer.
Latest updates show that to date, 253 345 tests have been conducted with 21 729 positive cases and 13 600 recoveries and 661 COVID-19 related deaths recorded countrywide. LeNA