216 People Jabbed During Blantyre Derby
The Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) says that about 216 people got vaccinated for COVID19 during the Blantyre derby between Mighty Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Blantyre DHO Public Relations officer Chrissy Banda says that all these fans were vaccinated from the booths that were strategically erected at entry points around the soccer mecca, Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) had asked the government to allow supporters to attend football matches to which the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 agreed to increase numbers subject to vaccination status.
Blantyre DHO then opened a mobile vaccination site at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre over the weekend as part of its mobile vaccination exercise.
Banda said they took advantage of the game between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
“We opened the site on Saturday when the tickets were being sold and continued on Sunday on the day of the match. We managed to vaccinate about 38 while on Sunday we managed to vaccinate 178, making the total 216.
“We expected more but 216 is not a bad number. We are still doing our mobile vaccination exercise if people call us to churches or wherever we will arrange and come so we can reach as many people as possible,” she said.
About 250 people were targeted for the vaccination as part of the government's efforts to increase awareness and encourage more people to get their jab through mobile vaccination sites.