Oct. 2, 2021


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Rollout for Sinopharm vaccine yet to begin

Rollout for Sinopharm vaccine yet to begin

Story highlights

  • Vaccine expires in 2023
  • 363 047 people already vaccinated with J&J

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DR ’Makhoase Ranyali, the Director Family Health in the Ministry of Health says although a total of 700 people have been vaccinated with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, it has however, not yet been rolled out to the districts.

She was addressing a weekly media briefing at the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) in Maseru on Thursday.
Dr Ranyali said the vaccine that expires in 2023 was administered only to people with certain conditions or those that chose the vaccine, adding that 1 400 doses of the vaccine have been used as each person should get two doses.
The ministry, she said decided to continue vaccinating members of the public with the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine as its first batch expires on November 28 while the second one expires on December 1.

“The Sinopharm vaccine expires on June 30, 2023 therefore we will not roll it out as yet,” she said.
To date, she said at least 363 047 people have been vaccinated with the J&J vaccine, adding that the vaccination still continues.

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She further reminded members of the public that the country is still expecting other doses of the J&J vaccine as well as others from COVAX.
The country launched the COVID-19 vaccine in March at the Scott hospital in Morija and there are currently three types of vaccines used in Lesotho, including the J&J, Sinopharm and Astra Zeneca. LeNA


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