Lilongwe Low on JJ Vaccine
The Lilongwe District Health Office has almost exhausted the 29,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, barely a month after the administration of the jab started.
Lilongwe received 29 thousand doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from the 302 thousand doses which the country received in August this year.
Scores of people scrambled for the jab, but the situation has now changed barely a month after the exercise started.
Our spot-checks in some health centres have revealed that some health centres have halted the inoculating having exhausted both Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.
The facilities in Lilongwe such as Area 25 has been closed since Thursday last week, as they have run out of stock of vaccines.
The visit also found that health centres such as Bwaila and area 18 are running low on vaccines.
Despite the low turnout, in most facilities, District Health Office Public Relations Officer Richard Mvula seems not to be moved by the situation, adding that the district has used its target.
He was however quick to point that the low turnout is because a majority received the jab saying the inoculation program is so far going well.
“We have received reports that some centres have run out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine but the positive side is we still have some doses of the AstraZeneca left, and currently over 100,000 people have been vaccinated,” he said.
As of Monday, the country has used 212,788 from the 29 thousand doses of the Johnson and Johnson jabs whose consignment will be expiring in November.