Opinion Leaders Key in Raising Awareness on AstraZeneca Vaccine - WV

Health Minister Kandodo Chiponda receiving the COVID19 vaccine earlier this month Health Minister Kandodo Chiponda receiving the COVID19 vaccine earlier this month

World Vision Malawi says the success of AstraZeneca vaccine administration in the country will require the involvement of faith leaders and influential groups in the society.

This comes when the country has rolled out the administration of 360,000 Covid-19 vaccines even when there are issues of efficacy.

World Vision Director of Advocacy and Communications, Charles Gwengwe, argues that involvement of such groups, messages on fears in society would best get to the people.

"Accurate information on Covid-19 Astrazeneca vaccine is key to address myths surrounding the efficacy of the jab.

And using religious leaders and other influential people in the society will have a positive impact towards behavior change as such groups command large following," said Gwengwe.

Ntcheu District Health Office, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. William Chinsanga, feels the use of the national IDs will help control the influx of foreign nationals accessing the Covid-19 vaccine.

On his part, Ntcheu District Council Chairperson, Jumbe Mambo says authorities have intensified awareness campaigns on the vaccine to see to it that there is high uptake among communities in the district.

The first batch of 360,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in the country on March 5, 2021, and President Lazarus Chakwera and vice president Saulos Chilima got their jab on 11 March 2021 to mark the official rollout of vaccination.

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Last modified on Thursday, 18/03/2021

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