Malawi Runs Low on COVID Vaccine

More people seeking the vaccine are failing to get it More people seeking the vaccine are failing to get it - file photo

People who are seeking COVID-19 vaccine from various health facilities across the country have complained that they are kept waiting on queues as the facilities do not have the doses.

Some of them who Zodiak Online found at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital – Gateway Clinic said they were kept waiting since morning, only to be told that there was no vaccine.

They said they were told that authorities had gone to get some doses from Ndirande Health Center.

“They indeed brough the vaccine from Ndirande but did not last longer. Only few people, may be around twenty, got vaccinated and we were told that the doses had been finished again.

“We are frustrated. We came here very early in the morning to get vaccinated but nothing is happening. I think government is not telling us the truth that there is not vaccine in the country.

“They are only telling us to get vaccinated when the vaccine is not there,” said one of the people who queued up for the vaccine.

The situation is the same in Lilongwe where people also complained that they are waiting in queues to get the jab but they are failing to access it.

Ministry of health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, says the vaccine was overwhelmed by large number of people seeking the vaccine which is prioritized to persons with underlying conditions, health workers and other essential service providers.

Malango, later, told Zodiak radio that the country is running low of the vaccine following export ban in India where the pandemic has wreaked havoc.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 16/06/2021

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